Modi Refers to South China Sea Dispute in Singapore Lecture

Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Modi said that oceans, space and cyberworlds should be avenues of prosperity.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the 37th Singapore Lecture in Singapore on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Amid a standoff between China and some East Asian nations over South China Sea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said oceans, space and cyberworld should not become “new theatres of contests” but be the avenues of “shared prosperity” and offered to work in this direction.

Delivering a lecture in Singapore, he talked about how India and China have kept their border region peaceful and stable despite “unresolved issues”, including the boundary question between the two countries.

In the flux and transition of our times, the most critical need in this region is to uphold and strengthen the rules and norms that must define our collective behaviour...We must all come together, in East Asia Summit and other forums, to build a cooperative and collaborative future, not on the strength of a few, but on the consent of all.
Narendra Modi

In an apparent reference to the standoff between China and some East Asian Nations over South China Sea, he said, “India will work with countries in the region and beyond, including the US and Russia, our East Asia Summit partners, to ensure that our commons – ocean, space and cyber – remain avenues of shared prosperity, not become new theatres of contests.”

The statement is significance as tensions are growing over South China Sea with the US now getting involved and China warning it to stay away.

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