India warns its navy will protect its economic interests in South China Sea | Asia Pacific

India warns its navy will protect its economic interests in South China Sea

India warns its navy will protect its economic interests in South China Sea

Updated 5 December 2012, 22:08 AEDT

Tensions in the South China Sea have moved up a notch with the announcement by India that it would use its navy if necessary to secure its economic interests in the area.

This follows claims by Vietnam that Chinese fishing boats had cut the seismic survey cables of one of its ship that was surveying for oil and gas reserves off its coast.

India's state run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has a stake in a gas field off Vietnam's south coast.

Correspondent: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Professor Bharat Karnad, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Professor Donald Rothwell, Australian National University

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