Sunday, August 7, 2016

China seeks India's help on South China Sea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting India on a three-day tour from August 12. Wang is expected to make efforts aimed at ensuring that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not join other countries in raising the controversial issue of South China Sea during the upcoming G20 meeting in early September.

China is extremely worried that several countries including the United States will raise the issue.
Beijing was not pleased by the guarded response from India after the Hague ruling which said that the UN convention should be effectively implemented, and all the relevant parties should cooperate in the effort. Beijing does not want a discussion on the subject at G20, and wants India to not join any country which is seeking a discussion.

China recently persuaded a meeting of ASEAN countries to keep the issue outside the joint communique but it is not nearly so certain of achieving a similar success at the G20 meeting. Narendra Modi is expected to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Barack Obama on the sidelines of the meeting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou during his three-day visit from September 3.