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China-Vietnam face-off in South China Sea leaves India worried (Indiatimes)

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

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5-10-2014: Vietnamese people protest peacefully at the Consulate General of China-Photo: tuoitre news

NEW DELHI: India has joined the US in ringing alarm bells over China’s expansionist expeditions in the South China Sea clashing with Vietnam and the Philippines early this week. Though trying to play safe, New Delhi refused to name China or Vietnam and instead called for freedom of navigation in the sea.

Almost five days after Chinese ships reportedly rammed Vietnamese vessels near the Paracel Islands, the external affairs ministry said it is concerned about the “recent developments” in the South China Sea. In a statement, the foreign office said, “We would like to see resolution of the issue through peaceful means in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law.”

It is unclear whether India is referring to the issue of conflicting sovereignty of the areas that China and Vietnam claim, or whether it was concerned…

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