Code of Conduct on South China Sea should be consistent with UN convention: EAM
India stressed on Wednesday that the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should be fully consistent with the relevant UN convention and that the negotiations on it should not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of the nations that are not party to the discussions.
In a virtual address at a meeting of the East Asia Summit (EAS), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also highlighted the growing convergence of approaches on the Indo-Pacific region among different members of the grouping.
Separately, Jaishankar also addressed a meeting of the ASEAN-India foreign ministers during which he touched upon a range of issues, including connectivity, and said India is looking forward to an early review of the ''trade in goods agreement''.
''Stressed that Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should be fully consistent with UNCLOS 1982. Should not prejudice legitimate rights and interests of nations not a party to discussions,'' Jaishankar tweeted about his meeting with the foreign ministers of the EAS member countries.
India has been pitching for a rules-based order in the region, including through upholding adherence to international law, especially the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).
The external affairs minister also spoke about the growing COVID-19 challenge faced by ASEAN and conveyed India's support and solidarity.
Jaishankar described the discussions at the ASEAN meeting as ''substantive and fruitful''.
The external affairs minister also emphasised on accelerating connectivity projects and particularly talked about the trilateral highway and Kaladan projects.
The ambitious India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway is expected to boost connectivity among the three countries.
The Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project is being viewed as India's gateway to Southeast Asia.
On the coronavirus pandemic, he said India and ASEAN are ''strong partners in Covid response: medicines or oxygen, equipment or logistics''. Jaishankar also proposed 2022 as the ASEAN-India friendship year for the 30th anniversary of the ties between the two sides.
The EAS is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region to deal with issues relating to security and defence. Since its inception in 2005, it has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.
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