Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Mar 2018 11:57:25









DEFENCE Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has sent out a timely warning that bullying by any regional and group of powers would be a violation of the global rule-based rights of countries to use sea lanes for navigation and overflights. This warning by the Indian Defence Minister reflects the mood in several countries which have been protesting China’s move to establish its hegemony and monopolistic rights on the South China sea. Several countries in the vicinity of South China Sea have been protesting against China raising infrastructural facilities in South China Sea, restricting their access to the ocean waters in a patently arbitrary and bullying manner. In spite of this, China has been relentless in its pursuit of occupying territories, even on land, that either are disputed or belong to other countries. As a result every neighbour in the Asian region has been affected by the Chinese expansionist designs over neighbouring countries’ territories. This is nothing but
muscle-flexing against neighbours who China thinks can be brow-beaten by its strength.