While sending an indirect message to China, India on Saturday expressed concern over “steps and incidents” that have eroded confidence in the South China Sea and stressed that respect for international law and respect for the he territorial integrity and sovereignty had to be respected.
Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar addressed the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) and spoke about the Indo-Pacific region. Jaishankar, citing the recently announced policies of several countries for the Indo-Pacific region, said that if there is a commitment to international cooperation, it will never be difficult to adjust the different perspectives.
The digital summit was chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as head of ASEAN. All EAS member countries have joined. The group includes India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia, with the exception of 10 ASEAN countries.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated the importance of EAS and underscored the need to comply with international law, respect regional integrity and sovereignty, and foster a rules-based world order. He made the remark at a time when there is a deadlock on the border between China and India in eastern Ladakh and Beijing’s expansionist attitude is also seen in the South China Sea and the region. indo-pacific.
Jaishankar also informed this summit about the measures taken in India to deal with the Corona epidemic.
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