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Navy chief flags concerns over South China Sea

India’s senior-most military commander on Thursday flagged concerns over the situation in the South China Sea, at a time when China's aggressive posturing in the resource-rich waters has shifted global attention to the Asia-Pacific region.

delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2011 20:09 IST
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India’s senior-most military commander on Thursday flagged concerns over the situation in the South China Sea, at a time when China's aggressive posturing in the resource-rich waters has shifted global attention to the Asia-Pacific region.

Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Virma, who heads the chiefs of staff committee, said the developments unfolding in South China Sea would have major implications not only for the countries in the region but for the entire world.

Verma was delivering the keynote address at a seminar organised by well-known defence think tank, United Service Institution of India.

China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan have competing claims to parts of the South China Sea --- a crucial international trade route.

Verma said the potential for conflict in the South China Sea and the instability on the Korean Peninsula had raised awareness about inadequacies in mechanisms to resolve possible crises. “We are seeing certain edginess in the relations between the countries of this region,” Verma said.

He said stakeholders in the region must brain storm on the structure of security architecture that would promote peace and stability. “Readymade solutions do not exist and that it may not be feasible to borrow an existing arrangement functioning in another region to be applied in the Asia-Pacific,” Verma said, batting for multilateral cooperative mechanisms.