CHINA DRILLING APPROVAL
News of Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Vietnam on Sept. 16 and the subsequent signed deal between New Delhi and Hanoi to jointly drill for oil and gas in the South China Sea close to the Vietnamese coast set off a binge of protests by China’s government.
Vietnam insists the proposed area falls within its sovereign waters under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu did not directly challenge Vietnam’s legal claim, but he said the U.N. convention did not rule out “a country’s right formed in history that has been consistently claimed.” The animosity between Vietnam and China is longstanding. China has felt unease with India recently as the two Asian giants compete for energy resources, regional and global status.
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