New Delhi, 10 February 2017
Dr Wang Hanling, Director, National Centre for Ocean Affairs, CASS, China says “Verdict on South China Sea was not of PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration) or of UNCLAWS”. “It was unilaterally set up by Philippines without the consent of China”. Dr. Wang was responding to the question of Vice Admiral (R) Anup Singh, Former C-in-C (East), Indian Navy during Annual Maritime Power Conference-2017 on Blue Economy organised by NMF at IDSA.
“China in 2006 like India submitted to UN Gen Secretary that China can not accept any third party ruling. It was not a purely legal but political driven.” “After the ruling even Philippine President set it aside and choose to cooperate with China”. Regarding Coral Reefs, he asked how China can cooperate alone. Dr Wang also added that Modi Government is very wise to choose to join China’s initiative of AIIB. (Aisan Infrastructure Investment Bank).
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Skill Development Minister asks National Maritime Foundation (NMF) To Create Sector Skill Council For Maritime Sector. He also asked Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to come out with one and final length of coastline of India.
CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba called for the collective security by regional navies and maritime agencies to meet the security challenges in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Former CNS Admiral Robin Dhowan in his inaugural address of Annual Maritime Power Conference-2017 said that the current century is the century of seas.
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.