India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is ready to enter into the disputed water in South China Sea for oil drilling, while claiming that the plan has been granted approval from Vietnam
India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is ready to enter into the disputed water in South China Sea for oil drilling, while claiming that the plan has been granted approval from Vietnam, the Oriental Morning Post reported.
India’s foreign ministry dismissed China’s request yesterday that foreign companies should not reel in disputes of the South China Sea, where it said has “indisputable sovereignty.”
“Our cooperation with Vietnam or with any other country for that matter in the world is always as per as international laws, norms and conventions,” said India’s External Affairs Ministry official spokesperson Vishnu Prakash.
The South China Sea has proven oil reserves of around 7.7 billion barrels, with estimates reaching to 28 billion barrels. Aside from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia also claimed sovereignty over the whole or part of the waters.
The Hindustan Times quoted a foreign ministry official as reporting that India has responded to China’s protest in an appropriate way. China has its own concerns, but the Indians would do as what the Vietnam authorities have told us, the official said.
It is learned that India’s foreign minister S.M. Krishna is expected to discuss the oil drilling deal with his Vietnam counterpart during his visit to Vietnam on September 14-17.
Differently, The Times of India reported yesterday that the state is ready to provide Vietnam some military equipment such as submarines and help with underwater training, as part of the two countries military cooperation.
Sources with India’s Ministry of Defense disclosed Wednesday a high-ranked military delegation led by defense secretary had departed for Vietnam to discuss ways to cope with China’s growing influence in Asia Pacific region.
- India rebuffs China’s objections to oil exploration in Vietnam (Economic Times) (thuytinhvo.wordpress.com)
- China tells India to stay away from South China Sea (Rediff) (thuytinhvo.wordpress.com)
- Chinese assertiveness: Krishna heads to Vietnam after ‘INS Airavat harassment’ (Times Of India) (thuytinhvo.wordpress.com)