NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding China's objections to Indian oil exploration projects, Vietnam today asserted India has the right to pursue "exploration and exploitation work" in South China Sea as they were within Vietnamese "exclusive economic zone".
The two countries, which held their 15th Joint Commission Meeting here, also inked an agreement for a 19.5 million dollar Line of Credit India will give to Vietnam.
After the meeting with his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid during which crucial bilateral and regional issues were discussed, Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, said both sides discussed the South and East China Seas, agreeing that UN law on freedom of navigation in high seas need to be respected.
在会议上与印度同行Salman Khurshid讨论过关键的双边问题和地区热点问题后，越南的外交部长Pham Binh Minh透露道：双方就中国南海和中国东海进行了讨论，一致认为联合国法律所规定的公海航行自由不容侵犯。
"Our position is that we need to respect the law of UNCLOS to solve the issues in the South China Sea peacefully", the Vietnam minister said in a joint press conference here.
Pham Binh Minh在会后的联合新闻发布会中说道：“我们认为我们应该尊重联合国海洋法公约（UNCLOS）以和平解决中国南海问题。”
He said both sides have also reaffirmed that all the countries bordering the South and East China Sea have rights to their exclusive economic zones and that India can pursue "exploration and exploitation work in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam".
"India-Vietnam security and defence cooperation is robust and growing, based on shared interests and a convergence in our security perceptions," Khurshid said.
He said India has indicated any contentious issue "should be settled in a peaceful manner, through dialogue".
He has invited the Vietnamese Defence Minister to India later this year before the visit of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
dis news must have made budhist commies angry
Only problem is that the current GoI doesn't have the required 'guts' to carry forward this oil exploration
Explore what leftovers of Chinese.
Btw, Our GoI is not interested or doesn't have the ball$ to do it.
ONGC Videsh will explore oil and natural gas in Vietnam's EEZ in South China Sea which has nothing to do with China as such
^^^The name of the sea doesn't imply that the sea belongs to China^^^
Well vietnam has to wait for another couple of months, then they can see dramatic shift in india's foreign policy.
what shift? That we accepted another pathetic claims of PRC. We are not Japan or Vietnam, and they are treating us like we are..............Even the little Philippines is taking the hard stand against China.
You mean, with Modi coming in?
Yes, of course, UPA doesn't have the guts to do so....
Election year, wildgeese flights over the Himalayas into Tibet and bullshark sea bullying. Caution - Man at work!