THE STATEMENT

The Philippines Defence Minister has announced that India has express its intent to carry out navigation activities in the South China Sea.

ONE QUESTION CAN ARISE

India is not as strong as U.S militarily, so why should India conduct navigation in the disputed South China Sea?
Especially at a time when China is slowly pulling back soldiers from the Ladakh

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMICS

India’s appeasement policy with China has failed multiple times in the past

POINT TO NOTE

Even if China is pulling back soldiers for the time being, we should not forget history

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UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMICS

It is ti 2 for India to build leverage against China
I. India has already raised Hong Kong issue internationally

2. If India starts sending naval ships to the SCS then it will send a signal to China that India will talk on equal terms

PHILIPPINES NEEDS INDIA’S HELP

Mainland China is upping the ante in the South China Sea region and its ties with the Philippines may now run into rough weather. The moves are being made simultaneously with Beijing’s (China) belligerence along Line of Actual Control and despite ASEAN strong emphasis on UNCLOS in South China Sea.

IN 2019 EXERCISE

In 2019 navies from USA, India, Philippines and Japan conducted joint sail in the South China Sea region to demonstrate presence of like-minded parties in the South China Sea region.

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