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Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times
Beijing, November 28, 2012
China and India could both become maritime powers if they manage to reconcile competing interests, a strategic analyst has said in a rare piece on the two countries working together to shape strategic security in their regions. Titled, “India, China can rule waves together,” the article said that it was natural that both countries will have similar, even overlapping maritime interests.

“However, does it mean that China and India are destined to be rivals? How should the two countries reconcile competing maritime interests? These questions are very important for both sides,” Wang Xinlong from the College of Politics and Public Administration at Tianjin Normal University said in his piece in the state-run Global Times newspaper.

Wang said: “As global political forces are undergoing realignment, the future of the Sino-India relationship will affect the entire international pattern.” “There are contradictions in China and India's maritime strategies. However, these can be solved by peaceful communications,” Wang said.

Beijing has had strong reservations over India's active role in the South China Sea region. New Delhi at the same time has been long concerned about China building ports for India’s neighbours like Pakistan and China; New Delhi interprets this as a Chinese attempt to surround India in the Indian Ocean region.

 

Philippines rejects Chinese passport map

The Philippines said on Wednesday it would refuse to stamp Chinese passports containing a map showing most of the China South Sea as belonging to China, as it stepped up protests over the controversial move. The new passports have provoked angry reactions from around the region, with Vietnam, Taiwan and India all expressing their objections amid an ongoing row over Beijing’s territorial claims.

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that immigration personnel would stamp “a separate visa application form” instead of the Chinese passport. Stamping the Chinese passport could be “misconstrued” as legitimising China’s claim over vast parts of the South China Sea, which are also claimed in part by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan. AFP, Manila