In stern message to China, India supports rule of international law
The update on respect for international law was included in the joint communiqué issued at the end of the Russia-India-China meeting.
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar stressed the need for all nations to “respect international law” during a meeting of foreign ministers of the Russia-India-China Mechanism (RIC) here on Friday, in this which is seen as a clear message in China. Sources told the Sunday Guardian that Dr Jaishankar signaled the “rule of international law” in an effort to send a “meaningful and strong message” to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi at the meeting. He urged respect for international law “obviously with Beijing in mind”. The update on respect for international law was included in the joint communiqué that was issued at the end of the meeting.
“The ministers reaffirmed that a multipolar and rebalanced world on the sovereign equality of nations and respect for international and contemporary realities reflects the strengthening and reform of the multilateral system,” the joint statement said. A Foreign Ministry (MEA) official told the Sunday Guardian that the 18th round of talks between RIC foreign ministers provided India with an important opportunity to convey this message to China, which in a way violates flagrant international laws and amends the law to adapt it to its expansionist program. To a question, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that no bilateral issues could be included during the virtual meeting as it was a different mechanism but important regional issues were raised. discussed. However, Bagchi has sufficiently hinted that India’s foreign minister sent a message to China with its expansionist agenda in mind. In fact, the talks between the RIC foreign ministers took place against the backdrop of an Indo-Chinese standoff over the Line of Effective Control (LAC) that has taken bilateral relations to an all-time low. If Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi avoided any mention of the impasse, the first did not miss the opportunity to remind the second of the need to respect international law by making an obvious reference to Beijing’s “misdeeds” on land and water. The Indian Ocean region and the Indo-Pacific region, where China stretches, are the two areas on which Delhi and Washington continue to focus.
For China to claim sovereignty over virtually all of the South China Sea (SCS) islands and their adjacent waters is something the global community cannot accept. In violation of international law, China continues to regulate military activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where it is only allowed to engage in economic activities.
A few years ago, a United Nations tribunal found that China had violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for operating in the Philippine EEZ, interfering with fishing and oil activities. , constructed artificial elements and carried out law enforcement activities that led to near collisions at sea. Beijing’s land border law is another example of how an increasingly aggressive China is using domestic law to justify its expansionist program, the diplomat said. In addition, China’s coast guard law is not well accepted by countries like Japan, the United States, the Philippines and Vietnam. These countries say the law clearly violates the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Its main purpose is to accelerate China’s maritime militarization, sources say. Thus, China continues to violate international laws under the pretext of applying its national laws.
“This is where India and indeed the entire world community must confront China. The United States should give a boost to its campaign to subdue China against the backdrop of all of this, ”an official said. All forums and meetings should be used to at least send a message about what China is doing, he added. “This is what Jaishankar did when interacting with the RIC when he stressed the need to respect international law,” said a diplomat. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS is the legal framework applicable to activities in the oceans, including combating illicit activities at sea. Addressing the Security Council some time ago, the Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi also stressed the need to settle maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with international law. This was seen as Prime Minister Modi’s signal to China regarding its belligerence.