外文标题：Any use of force in South China Sea not acceptable to India: Salman Khurshid
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Ahead of India-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference, foreign minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said India will reject any use of force in the South China Sea where several Asean countries are locked in a territorial dispute with China. Later in the day, Khurshid will also have a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Khurshid was replying to a query here about India's position about the call for a freedom of navigation by some Asean nations for a code of conduct in South China Sea.
"The Code of conduct is a work in progress but at part of the broad principles, we support freedom of navigation in South China Sea; the use of force is something which India rejects,'' said Khurshid.
The ongoing 46th Asean foreign ministers' meeting here has seen China, in a bid to prevent further escalation of strife, agreeing to hold official consultations over the issue. This was after Beijing's latest stand-off with Philippines which saw its foreign minister accusing China of increasing militarization in the region.
Apart from his bilateral with Wang, Khurshid is slated to have 9 other bilateral meetings Monday, including with his counterparts from Bangladesh, Canada, Cambodia and North Korea. About his meeting with the North Korean foreign minister, Khurshid said he was looking to firmly'' convey India's message over the issue of non-proliferation.
Sukh EU (EU)
India should act strongly against Chinas move.
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Romi (singapore) replies to Sukh
its an issue between asean & china no need for india to poke its nose fist settle issues with pak & china & then lecture
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CaOH2 (New Delhi)
Can't understand the comment was made on who's favor.
Who cares ??? Salman can not even threaten a Minister in any Indian state forget about China. No one would have paid any attention to this barking.
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Mukesh S (India)
All countries can express their opinion and make statement accordingly,buts only the US can stop China.
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Romi (singapore) replies to Dennis Sumaru
agree & its mainly due to usa that china still has not used any force against japan philipines or taiwan
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Raphael (Angelic Relam)
India, Japan and other East asian countries should come together and teach these greedy chinkis some lessons......................
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aalokjai (delhi and dubai)
salman khurshid- barking dogs don't bite. we saw how our govt bows down in front of china, if you have guts, defend our country
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Arup Ghosh (Calcutta)
IS THIS MAN KNOWS SO MUCH ???
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I dont think China cares about what he has to say.
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Such statement from a country like India which could not retaliate China to take back its force from Indian territory and instead appeased that country to move the force with dishonorable conditions will make the whole world laugh.
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BC Menon (ALAPPUZHA)
When one of the Smallest Nation on Earth MALDIVES kicked out GMR breaching agreement, India could do nothing. Now we are commanding China what else shall they do in South China Sea. This is just like seeing a comedy.
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Its good to hear, mullaah Khurshid is talking tough with aggressive Chinese ! Is it kind of electioneering ?
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Indranil Chowdhury (Bargarh)
Enjoy your trips and the royal treatments that you get at the cost of our hard money. It is surely not going to last long. We know, what you say you don't mean it.
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Plz stop worrying about south china sea, moon, mars and pluto. Worry about india, bay of Bengal and arabian sea and North, northeast borders.
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Apart from laughs and chuckles all around I don't think any ASEAN politician or anybody else feels reassured from such statements from Indian politicians, especially from someone that only recently caved in to China over the border incursion, and whats more allowed China to force India to move its observation post on its OWN TERRITORY because it could see too much regarding Chinese troop movements!! In other words India should not even look to see before it can be attacked! Stop the meaningless hot air Mr Khurshid.
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Such statements look good. But everyone in India knows the big mouth Politicians very well. When they can't stop any illegal activity from Pakistan or even from Bangladesh, what are they going to do about South China Sea.... Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think that you are foolish, than opening it and confirming the same.... At least, in the case of our Politicians, it applies fully....
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Gurdeep Singh (MUMBAI)
Khurshid sahib, instead of empty speeches, to divert from the real issued, make the Navy and allied forces so strong that China will think twice, to use force, I think, you know much batter or much more batter, that strength is the mantra in this world.
Mukesh S (Australia)
Yes minister you can express your opinion ,but India is ineffective and more toothless tiger that no one would care one way or anther.Only US can stop China,like it or not they already have a huge naval presence in south China and western Pacific.
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Yeah,Khursid,what can you or India do anything when China uses force in the region? Instead you can put matured words like try to persuade China not to use force in the region and so on. You try to appear macho in front of reporters but we all know the limitations of India when dealing with China or US.
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