In signal to China, India and Vietnam reiterate SCS stand

NEW DELHI: In an unlikely development that goes unnoticed in Beijing , India and Vietnam On Monday he reiterated his joint call to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

In a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and his counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Bangkok , both sides also reiterated their desire to promote peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

Both leaders pledged to maintain an order based on rules based on respect for international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

This will promote the independence of navigation, overflight and standards-based trade in the South China Sea, said a statement issued by India. Observing the greater participation in the fields of defense and security, both parties agreed to improve cooperation in the maritime domain. The two leaders discussed the threat of extremism and terrorism and agreed to work closely to face this threat