BEIJING, June 23: Chi on Friday said it hopes India and the US will not disturb peace in the South Chi Sea as the issue is likely to come up between Prime Minister rendra Modi and US President Dold Trump when they meet.
“With concerted efforts of Chi and Asean countries, the situation there is cooling down. We hope other countries, especially non-regiol countries, can respect efforts by regiol countries to maintain peace and stability in the South Chi Sea and can play a constructive role in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. Modi will meet Trump for the first time on June 26 and a range of issues are likely to come up, including H1B visas and terrorism. Earlier, US Press Secretary Sean Spicer said cooperation between India and the US on Indo-Pacific region which includes the South Chi Sea will figure in the talks.
Chi is locked in a dispute with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietm and Taiwan over the ownership of energy-rich waters. Chi claims almost 90 per cent of the sea. The US has sent its warships into the waters, asserting its freedom to vigate in the intertiol waters. (IANS)