In­dian of­fi­cial talks ten­sion over ter­ri­tory

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In­dia’s de­fence min­is­ter says it is in China’s eco­nomic in­ter­est to re­duce ten­sions in the South China Sea, where Bei­jing is em­broiled in ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with var­i­ous gov­ern­ments.

Manohar Par­rikar told an in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that un­der­stand­ing each other’s per­spec­tives and in­creas­ing trust be­tween stake­hold­ers will re­duce ten­sions. His Ja­panese coun­ter­part also em­pha­sised that peace will lead to pros­per­ity.

“It is ul­ti­mately eco­nomics,” Par­rikar said. “If you have an un­sta­ble re­gion like what we have in the Mid­dle East, I don’t think eco­nomics and pros­per­ity will re­ally (be) en­hanced.”

Par­rikar said that how­ever small or “how­ever pow­er­ful” a coun­try may be, “no com­merce or com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity takes place in a highly tense (re­gion). And I think it is in the in­ter­est of ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing China, to en­sure that peace re­mains”.

China mean­while, said it will ig­nore the de­ci­sion of an in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tra­tion panel in the Philip­pines’ law­suit against Bei­jing's sweep­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims.

“Be­cause the ter­ri­to­rial and sovereignty dis­putes have not been sub­jected to the ar­bi­tra­tion, we think the ar­bi­tra­tion is il­le­gal,” said Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, di­rec­tor of the for­eign af­fairs of­fice of China;s Na­tional De­fence Min­istry

The Philip­pines has filed a case in the United Na­tions un­der the UN Con­ven­tion on Law of the Sea, ques­tion­ing China’s claim in the South China Sea. An ar­bi­tra­tion panel is ex­pected to rule soon.

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