India has refrained from entering the ongoing spat between China and Vietnam over exploration of energy resources in maritime areas claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.
Although China had sank nearly 21 Vietnamese boats in their previous quarrel over oil exploration rights in 2014, this time a Chinese survey ship and accompanying vessels have been accused of violating Hanoi’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Sources pointed out that the Vietnamese diplomatic outreach, which included briefing the Indian side earlier this week, centered on a three-page note that had only a paragraph on Indian and Russian interests in the maritime area that is also claimed by China. Even in this one paragraph, there was only a passing mention about the two countries.
Officially, India has maintained a position that is close but without the aggression and specificity of American stance. Read More
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