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At INS Visakhapatnam commissioning, Rajnath’s dig at China: ‘Some irresponsible nations…’

In a veiled dig at China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday stated “some irresponsible nations” with their slender partisan pursuits and hegemonic tendencies are arising with improper definitions of the UN Conference on the Legislation of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Commissioning the Indian Navy’s destroyer Visakhapatnam on Sunday morning, the defence minister stated: “It’s a matter of concern that UNCLOS is being repeatedly weakened by arbitrary interpretation of its definition by some nations.”

His feedback come months after China introduced new maritime guidelines, designed to manage the entry of overseas vessels in what Beijing calls “Chinese language territorial waters”. Beneath the brand new regulation, which got here into impact on September 1 this 12 months, overseas vessels, each navy and industrial, are required to undergo Chinese language supervision in “Chinese language territorial waters,” as per the brand new regulation.
Vessels that “endanger the maritime visitors security of China” might be required to report their title, name signal, present place and subsequent port of name and estimated time of arrival. The title of ships transporting harmful items and cargo deadweight will even be required, the state-run World Instances reported.

The regulation is especially vital for the passage of vessels, each industrial and navy, within the disputed South China Sea, East China Sea and Taiwan Strait. This led to elevated tensions with the US and its companions within the area.
The United Nations Conference on the Legislation of the Sea ensures {that a} coastal state is not going to hamper the precise of passage of overseas vessels in the event that they don’t threaten a nation’s safety.

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