“The world must protect the oceans from the race for ‘expansion, exclusion’: PM at the UN

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Prime Minister Modi called the oceans “our common heritage”

The United Nations:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the world must protect the oceans from the race to “expand and exclude” by urging the international community to speak with one voice to strengthen a world order based on of the rules, apparently referring to China which is flexing military muscles in the Indo-Pacific.

Addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly here, Prime Minister Modi described the oceans as “our common heritage” and said “we must keep in mind that we must only use ocean resources. and not to abuse it any further “.

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“Our oceans are also the lifeline of international trade. We must protect them from the race for expansion and exclusion. The international community must speak with one voice to strengthen a rules-based world order.” , he added.

Speaking in Hindi, Modi said the broad consensus reached in the UN Security Council during India’s presidency in August showed the world the way forward for maritime security.

India, the United States and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific amid growing China’s military maneuvers in the resource-rich region.

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China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim part of it. Beijing has built man-made islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.

A day earlier, the Quad countries – including India, Japan, Australia and the United States – pledged to ensure a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, which is also “inclusive and resilient”, as they noted that the strategically vital region is the foundation of their shared security and prosperity.

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“We defend the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, the peaceful settlement of disputes, democratic values ​​and the territorial integrity of States. We are committed to working together and with a range of partners,” said Quad leaders in a joint statement. after their first in-person meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden and attended by Prime Minister Modi, his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House.

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