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Neither India nor China should get into tit-for-tat situation, says Chinese envoy

Beijing recognises an emerging trust gap and it was important that neither India nor China get into a tit-for-tat situation with regard to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean Region, according to acting Ambassador to India, Mr. Liu Jinsong.

The Ambassador was presenting Beijing’s views on maritime governance in the region during an interaction with Chinese delegation of think tanks, led by Dr. Wu Shicun, President of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCS) and Mr. Liu Jinsong at Observer Research Foundation on May 18, 2016.

Referring to Indian Ocean and South China Sea, the Ambassador said, “neither India nor China could exclude outside powers, but we cannot forget that their doctrine is that of sea control whereas ours is of shared power and benefit.”

Mr. Liu Jinsong called for reform of the UN Charter to reflect the realities of the day. He also called for the bilateral observance of the five principles of peaceful co-existence of Panchsheel and settlement based on bilateral talks; the principle “land controls the sea” which is the basic principle of UNCLOS. The principle of Estoppel where countries which had earlier accepted Chinese sovereignty to Paracel islands had now changed their position (Vietnam).

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