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China should stay alert to India-Vietnam cooperation

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-28-2016 16:20 BJT

By Xu Huan, associate researcher, deputy director, editorial office of Foreign Theoretical Trends
The Indian media reported on Janaury 25 that New Delhi planned to build a satellite station in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. India's earth observation satellite will provide data of China and South China Sea areas for Vietnam.


On the same day, Reuters reported that Hanoi can receive remote sensing imagery after construction of India's satellite tracking and imaging center. Chinese naval bases and movements on the Nansha Islands will be their critical focus areas.

Although the satellite station is called "civil facility," mainly used in the fields of agriculture, scientific research and environment, the images passed back can also be used for military purposes with constant advancements of technology.

Since India builds its satellite station in Vietnam, it is natural for people to assume that it is military-aligned "cooperation" between both countries.

Since 2010, the Philippines and Vietnam have continued to stir up troubles, the South China Sea disputes have fermented. Additionally, the United States and Japan have adjusted their policies to promote the "internationalization" of South China Sea disputes.

India did not wish to be neglected. Indian Prime Minister Naharendra Modi had increased investments on its navy, calling for the protection of free navigation rights of Indian boats in the South China Sea zone. By strengthening relations with surrounding countries, Modi has made Vietnam a major cooperation partner on South China Sea issues.

Over the past decade, New Delhi had continued to enhance military cooperation with Hanoi. India had provided a 100 million US dollars line of credit for Vietnam, and helped Vietnam to receive four Indian navy patrol ships.

Furthermore, India has offered submarine and warplane flying training for Vietnamese sailors to achieve modernization of national defense.

India's state-owned oil and gas company signed an agreement with Vietnam to explore offshore oil together. In 2015, India had conducted oil and gas exploration work in the disputed sea area between China and Vietnam, which violated China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Indian oil and gas company had set a bad example, and added difficulties to the settlement of South China Sea disputes and has sparked negative consequences in Sino-India relations.

In regards to New Delhi building a satellite station in Vietnam, Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said that Beijing hopes the facility can make positive contributions to regional cooperation, peace and stability. If the cooperation is aimed against China and violates China's interests, it is wrong and unwise.

The South China Sea is one of China's core interests. If India and Vietnam take the territorial dispute as a means to contend against China that is strategically dangerous and Beijing should remain on high alert.

Along with the increasing development of the Chinese navy, the protection of South China Sea rights and interests has been reinforced. Any plot or move against Beijing would be doomed to failure.


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