Baladas Ghoshal, a well-known scholar from the Society for Indian Ocean Studies (SIOS) said, the East Sea is emerging as a hot issue as it involves countries in and outside the region when China conducts mass construction activities and militarization in the waters, and claims sovereignty over almost all the sea - one of the key maritime route in the world.
At the Seminar, Indian Rear-Admiral O P Sharma quoted a number of concepts and international law, affirming that China’s sovereignty claim is not line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which China is also a party.
In the speech at the event, Vo Xuan Vinh from the Institute of Southeast Asean Studies (ISAS) under Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences condemned China’s unilateral actions in East Sea, and affirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. He also highlighted the role played by India in ensuring stability and security in the se.
Besides, participants also underlined the geo-political role of the Indian Ocean.
Professor S K Mohanty from the Research and Information System for Developing countries (RIS) conffirmed Indian Ocean is one of the most dynamic and vibrant region in the world. This region has achieved significant progress in promoting trade of the global value chain.
Meanwhile, Mr Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, a member of the Asia Society’s Global Council, an foreign editor of the Hindustan Times said that, the Indian Ocean has an important role in the Indian foreign policy with nations in Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Dr Rajaram Panda, a leading expert on Japan in India agreed that Indian Ocean is more important than ever and maritime security issues become important to many countries in the Asia - Pacific region. He stressed that peace and stability in the Indian Ocean is crucial to economic development many Asian countries. He also said that the behavior of China in Pacific and Indian Ocean have an impact on regional geopolitics, many countries in this region have to adjust their strategic foreign policy to deal with the new situations.
Translated by CIS