The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

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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