China Threatens India and Viet Nam Over Their Energy Exploration Agreement

Posted on September 22, 2011

We had long thought that Communist China, always behind Hanoi during the Viet Nam war, was primarily interested in the area due to potential oil and gas resources.  Proof of the importance of not only the resources but their location to her in

(Reuters) – A joint energy project between India and Vietnam in the South China Sea infringes on China’s territorial sovereignty, an official Chinese newspaper said on Thursday in the first reaction to the operation by China’s state media.

The report in the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party, said the oil and gas exploration project between Indian and Vietnamese state-owned firms west of the disputed Spratly islands put at risk the two countries’ relations with their chief trading partner.

“Two sections enter waters under China’s jurisdiction, constituting a violation of China’s sovereignty,” it said.

The report said that if Vietnam and India pursued any joint interest that damaged relations with China “as well as the stability and peaceful economic development of the entire South China Sea region, the losses will outweigh the gains”.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Thursday repeated earlier statements that any such project without China’s consent was “unlawful and without efficacy”, but named no specific countries or companies.

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