India’s Veiled Jab At China, Backs Philippines Over Maritime Security Concerns

India’s Veiled Jab At China, Backs Philippines Over Maritime Security Concerns


India firmly supports the Philippines in upholding its national sovereignty and wants to explore new areas of cooperation, including in defence and security, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday, amid the Southeast Asian nation’s maritime dispute with China in the South China Sea.

S Jaishankar’s remarks came as he held a very good discussion with his counterpart Enrique Manalo in Manila.

“Warm and productive meeting with @SecManalo of Philippines. Wide-ranging discussion on advancing ties in political, defence, security & maritime cooperation, trade & investment, infrastructure, development cooperation, education, digital, technology, culture and consular domains,” S Jaishankar posted on X.

They also exchanged views on global, regional and multilateral issues including the Indo-Pacific, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), West Asia, Ukraine, Non-Aligned Movement and the UN.

“As two democracies committed to a rules-based order, look forward to intensifying our cooperation,” he said.

Addressing a joint press conference with Manalo, Mr Jaishankar said: “I take this opportunity to firmly reiterate India’s support to the Philippines for upholding its national sovereignty.

As the world changes, it is essential that India and the Philippines cooperate more closely to shape the emerging world, he said.

Every country has the right to uphold and enforce its national sovereignty, he said in response to a question.

“That is something that we have also discussed,” he added.

There has been very perceptible growth in bilateral ties between India and the Philippines recently, the minister said.

On a question on India’s plans to expand the defence cooperation with the Philippines amid development in the South China Sea, Mr Jaishankar said: “You need to look at that cooperation on its own merits. It is not necessarily linked to a particular situation.

“But it’s natural today that two countries whose trust and comfort is growing so rapidly that we will look at various new areas of cooperation. And certainly defence and security is one of them,” he said.

China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims.

China has deployed hundreds of coastguard vessels throughout the South China Sea to patrol what it considers its waters, despite a 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in a case brought by the Philippines that said the claim had no basis under international laws.

Manalo said the Philippines consistently reaffirmed the need to abide by international law and also for international rules and regulations when it comes to the maritime area.

Speaking about Beijing’s recent activities in the South China Sea, he accused China of trying to prevent Philipino ships from supplying its troops.

“India and the Philippines have a very deep interest in ensuring a free open and inclusive Indo-Pacific Ocean and in this region. And it is in this context that we are having extensive discussions regularly on defence cooperation, and security cooperation, mainly also with a view to supporting an international rules-based order,” Manalo said.

Mr Jaishankar said every country has an interest in maritime security and safety.

“In our case probably it is more than many other countries normally would have,” he said.

“As our relationship goes, as I pointed out it was natural to look at defence and security,” he said.

The partnership between India and the Philippines also has a larger context in terms of the engagement with the ASEAN.

“As a nation deeply invested in this region, because of its Act East Policy and Indo-Pacific region, India follows all developments with great interest. We are strongly supportive of ASEAN centrality, cohesion, and unity,” he said.

Mr Jaishankar said as the two nations move towards the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, he is confident that there is much more that awaits them.
 
Indian Shipyard should build coastguard ships with capability to resist Chinese Ramming by ships and water spray; and features to damage Chinese vessel through Ramming (like Roman ships did to Carthage ships) particularly for ASEAN countries like Vietnam and Philippines who face Chinese Agression. Naval Design Bureau can take lead in this programs and offer them. It is not beneficial that we show support while they buy jets and ships from Korean Defense industry. We gave Ships to Vietnam for free while they bought anti ship cruise missiles from Russia, Air defense from Israel and Philippines brought airdefense and Artillery from Israel. Business is not charity. India should understand this well.
 
Indian Shipyard should build coastguard ships with capability to resist Chinese Ramming by ships and water spray; and features to damage Chinese vessel through Ramming (like Roman ships did to Carthage ships) particularly for ASEAN countries like Vietnam and Philippines who face Chinese Agression. Naval Design Bureau can take lead in this programs and offer them. It is not beneficial that we show support while they buy jets and ships from Korean Defense industry. We gave Ships to Vietnam for free while they bought anti ship cruise missiles from Russia, Air defense from Israel and Philippines brought airdefense and Artillery from Israel. Business is not charity. India should understand this well.
The vessel that we gifted to vietnam use russian missiles. So it makes sense that they would buy them from russia
 
India should openly say that we don't recognise SCS as part of China. Instead of naming it as SCS, we should use term West Phillipines Sea. I am waiting for the day when India will send INS Dhruv to make oceanographic survey near Phillipines and Taiwan.
 
South China Sea, should be renamed by India into ASEAN sea, and India should formally declare that this sea is international waters, and refuse to recognize any Chinese claims there...Further, India must increase its engagement with Taiwan (after forcing Taiwan to formally recognize One India) and other democracies...China's problem is too many enemies on its borders, and India must exploit it while threatening Chinese SLOC in IOR, and destroy its access to the Arabian sea via Pakistan...China is vulnerable with its people not enjoying any freedoms, and the way to exploit is slow and steady, keep boiling the pot.
 
India should always and consistently call out China for attempting to rename areas or claiming Indian territory as its own. It becomes a laughing stock in front of the whole world at the absurd claims!
 

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