After warning India, China asks Russia to stay away from South China Sea

Times of India
Saibal Dasgupta: April 10th, 2012

BEIJING: India has now got company of another country, Russia, in being the target of Chinese ire over the South China Sea controversy. China on Tuesday hit out against the Russian decision to explore for oil in sea areas that Beijing claims to be its own.

China has been vehemently opposed to ONGC Videsh Limited exploring for oil in the sea area along with a Vietnamese company. A Russian company has now joined the exploration work in the area.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, foreign ministry Liu Weimin expressed the hope that foreign companies should respect and support the efforts of countries in South China Sea region to settle their disputes instead of meddling in the affair.

He also advised other countries in the region to meet each other half way with China, and avoid getting countries outside the region involved in the sea dispute.

Asserting that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, Liu said China was committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes through direct negotiation and friendly consultation. The basis of negotiations would be respect for historical facts and international law, he said.

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See “South China Sea: India will not be bogged down by Beijing’s warning, minister says” – Times of India. April 11th, 2012 here.