By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jul 13, 2020 10:27 IST
India ready to enter in South China Sea, says Philippines Defence Minister

Philppines Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said Sea is open to all countries and that India has expressed its intent to carry out navigation activities in the South China Sea." We do not prevent other countries from passing through or doing things there in the South China Sea. The British do passes through the South China Sea. The French, all other countries . We do not invite them to come" and added that India can also be present in the area.

Minister Lorenzana stated that India has communicated its desire to carry out navigation activities in the South China Sea just like the US, UK and others to maintain a balance of power in the region. And further added that China's naval drills in the South China Sea are a cause of concern.

The bilateral relations gained a momentum in 2019 when President Shri Ram Nath Kovind visited Philippines for 70th Anniversary of establishment of Diplomatic relations between two counties. Prime Minister Modi during his visit signed an MoU between Invest India and Board of Investments for promotion of bilateral investments and President Dueterte also interacted with the business community. The meetings in quick succession have reinvigorated the relationship.

Last Friday the Philippines Foreign Minister warned China of the severest response, if ongoing Chinese military exercises in the disputed South China Sea spill over into Philippines territory.

The announcement of inclusion of India in South China Sea, by the Philippine Defence Minister comes amid telephonic conversation between PM Narendra Modi and Philippines president following which India decided to expand its strategic partnership with Philippines in SCS region.

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The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific ocean and carries one third of the world's shipping passes through it . it contains lucrative fishes which are essential for food security of millions of Southeast Asia. During world war II , the Empire Japan used the islands in the South China Sea region for various military purposes. SCS has been a disputed zone for over decades. Many countries tried to control all the feautures of islands, reefs, banks and other topographic and economic feautures which lies in SCS.