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China today asked India and other countries to refrain from oil exploration in maritime areas offered by Vietnam in the South China Sea, claiming that it enjoys "indisputable sovereignty" there.
"I would like to reaffirm that China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and the island. China's stand is based on historical facts and international law," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu told a media briefing here without directly referring to India.
When pointed out the India's stand apparently was guided by Vietnam's claim that it had rights over the two oil blocks under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, Jiang said China's sovereign rights and positions are formed in the course of history and this position has been held by Chinese Government for long.
She was answering questions over reports of ONGC Videsh Ltd plans to undertake oil exploration in two Vietnam blocks in South China Sea which was expected to figure in External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's talks with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi tomorrow.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Vitchilo
China should be very careful who they threaten .. India would kick China's arrogant arse in an armed military conflict. China has a larger army, but India's is more advanced and seasoned. Not to mention India is the only country on the planet that, if needed, could match China's ground troop capabilities with numbers.
"On the basis of this China is ready to engage in peaceful negotiations and friendly consultations to peacefully solve the disputes over territorial sovereignty and maritime rights so as to positively contribute to peace and tranquillity in the South China Sea area," she said.