China Objects To Oil Hunt
From Hindustan Times
Beijing’s bid to thwart oil and natural gas exploration in two Vietnamese blocks in the South China Sea by India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has been rebuffed by New Delhi. India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) said China’s objections have “no legal basis” as the blocks belong to Vietnam.
Beijing had in a demarche – a formal diplomatic representation of a government’s official position – to India stated that unless its permission is taken for exploration in Blocks 127 and 128, OVL’s activities there would be illegal.