India playing SCS card for concessions on border dispute,Pak

first_imgFrom K J M Varma Beijing, Sep 9 (PTI) India is playing its South China Sea card by restarting oil exploration off Vietnam coast despite Chinas objections as a calculated geopolitical move to force Beijing to make “compromises” on border issue and its close ties with Pakistan, a state-run Chinese think-tank has said. In an article in Global Times, Wang Dehua, Director at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies, said China should not hype Indias role in disputed South China Sea (SCS) but “guide” New Delhi to work with it in view of attempts by US and Japan who are cozying up to India to strengthen anti-China alliance. Indias Oil and Natural Gas Corporation decision to restart oil exploration of in the “disputed waters” is an attempt by India to play the SCS card against China, the article said. “New Delhi has its own geopolitical interests in mind too. By playing the card of the South China Sea issue, it wants Beijing to make compromises on the border disputes or Pakistan-related issues,” it said. China has lodged official protests against such moves more than once, because this is not the first time India has explored for oil in the nine-dash line area claimed by China, it said. “India is no longer looking East, for it has already been acting East. The current focus of the countrys maritime strategy is the Indo-Pacific. “India not only intends to maintain its primary position in the Indian Ocean, but also aims at wielding more influence in the Pacific. Thats why it is busy preparing for the upcoming Exercise Malabar, a joint naval drill involving the US, Japan and India, in the Indian Ocean in October,” it said. This is the second article in recent days to criticise ONGCs move to drill for oil off Vietnams coast at the invitation of Hanoi. China claims whole of the SCS as its own which is disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. India asserts that the ONGC move is a commercial operation. Similarly, China defends its various projects, including the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a commercial venture aimed at improving peoples livelihood issues. (MORE) PTI KJV SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

UNICEF appoints Hima Das as India’s first youth Ambassador

first_imgImage Courtesy: News18AdvertisementUNICEF India has made the nation’s Asian Games gold-medallist Hima Das as the first ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund India.Image Courtesy: News18UNICEF put out a tweet on their official handle to announce the same.Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das!The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration.#GoBlue— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) November 14, 2018“Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das! The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration. #GoBlue,” was what UNICEF’s tweet said.Hima Das was very proud of her appointment as the ambassador and pledged that she would inspire many more children to follow their dreams in the future.“I’m honoured to be chosen as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” Das said.Hima Das is currently on a winning spree after winning five medals in the last three weeks. Last of her medals came in the Nove Mesto Athletics Meet in Prague, when she clocked a timing of 52.09s to win the 400m.Also Read:Shooting: Anjum Moudgil breaks world record in 10m air rifle finals at Masters Meet Advertisementlast_img read more