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India raises oil exploration issue with China

By The Assam Tribune

BALI (INDONESIA), Nov 18 � Against the backdrop of the South China Sea issue row, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today told his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that India�s oil exploration in the disputed maritime area is �purely commercial activity� even as the two sides agreed that there was enough space and areas for them to work together, reports PTI.

A range of issues, including the situation along the Line of Actual Control and trade was discussed during the 55-minute meeting with Singh saying India was committed to developing the �best of relations� with China while the latter underlined that the two countries should work �hand-in-hand� to ensure that the 21st century belongs to Asia.

�This matter did come up in the context of East Asia Summit (taking place here tomorrow),� Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Singh told reporters when asked whether the issue of Chinese objections to India�s exploration of oil in South China Sea figured in the talks between Singh and Wen.

The Prime Minister �observed that exploration of oil and gas in South China Sea by India is purely commercial activity�, the Secretary said about the issue that has caused irritation in the ties between the two countries in the recent past.

The issue appears to have been raised by Wen.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters that the Chinese Premier said that �he valued the role India is playing in the EAS. In that context, there was a mention of South China Sea to which the Prime Minister said our interests are purely commercial.�

China, which lays claim over entire South China Sea, had openly attacked India in September over its move to explore oil in the maritime area on offer from Vietnam. It had evoked a sharp retort from India.

This was coupled with an incident in which an Indian Naval ship INS Airavat was threatened by the Chinese Navy while moving in that area.

In the context of China�s claim over the entire South China Sea, Singh told Wen that �the issue of sovereignty should be resolved according to international law and practice�.

India asserts that since it was not clearly defined that the maritime area belongs wholly to China, the laws of the sea will apply.

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India raises oil exploration issue with China

BALI (INDONESIA), Nov 18 � Against the backdrop of the South China Sea issue row, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today told his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that India�s oil exploration in the disputed maritime area is �purely commercial activity� even as the two sides agreed that there was enough space and areas for them to work together, reports PTI.

A range of issues, including the situation along the Line of Actual Control and trade was discussed during the 55-minute meeting with Singh saying India was committed to developing the �best of relations� with China while the latter underlined that the two countries should work �hand-in-hand� to ensure that the 21st century belongs to Asia.

�This matter did come up in the context of East Asia Summit (taking place here tomorrow),� Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Singh told reporters when asked whether the issue of Chinese objections to India�s exploration of oil in South China Sea figured in the talks between Singh and Wen.

The Prime Minister �observed that exploration of oil and gas in South China Sea by India is purely commercial activity�, the Secretary said about the issue that has caused irritation in the ties between the two countries in the recent past.

The issue appears to have been raised by Wen.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters that the Chinese Premier said that �he valued the role India is playing in the EAS. In that context, there was a mention of South China Sea to which the Prime Minister said our interests are purely commercial.�

China, which lays claim over entire South China Sea, had openly attacked India in September over its move to explore oil in the maritime area on offer from Vietnam. It had evoked a sharp retort from India.

This was coupled with an incident in which an Indian Naval ship INS Airavat was threatened by the Chinese Navy while moving in that area.

In the context of China�s claim over the entire South China Sea, Singh told Wen that �the issue of sovereignty should be resolved according to international law and practice�.

India asserts that since it was not clearly defined that the maritime area belongs wholly to China, the laws of the sea will apply.