Beijing hopes Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet won't disturb peace in South China Sea
China on Friday said it hopes India and the US will not disturb peace in the South China Sea as the issue is likely to come up between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump when they meet.
Beijing: China on Friday said it hopes India and the US will not disturb peace in the South China Sea as the issue is likely to come up between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump when they meet.
"With concerted efforts of China and Asean countries, the situation there is cooling down. We hope other countries, especially non-regional countries, can respect efforts by regional countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and can play a constructive role in this regard," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
Modi will meet Trump for the first time on 26 June and a range of issues are likely to come up, including H1B visas and terrorism.
Earlier, US press secretary Sean Spicer said cooperation between India and the US on Indo-Pacific region which includes the South China Sea will figure in the talks.
China is locked in a dispute with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan over the ownership of energy-rich waters.
China claims almost 90 percent of the sea. The US has sent its warships into the waters, asserting its freedom to navigate in the international waters.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's two-day visit to India has garnered a lot of attention especially since it has come amid US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has ramifications on India's own security
His comments on State television, come as government officials have appeared rudderless in recent months amid a series of crises ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to parching droughts fueling public protests
It is being suggested that India has reached a fork in the road in Afghanistan and must either sup with the Taliban or pack its bags and leave