NEW DELHI: Amid India’s standoff with China along the Sikkim border, the country will be hosting the Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam, a country with which Beijing’s ties has been bumpy for centuries.
The visiting leader will hold consultations with top Indian leadership on expanding strategic partnership besides participating in India-ASEAN Track 1.5 annual event -Delhi Dialogue on July 4-5.
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh would hold consultations with the president, vice president, foreign and finance ministers during his four-day visit from Monday.
Vietnam is one of the smaller neighbours of China that has been “bullied” by Beijing over territorial claims based on historical notions.
Beijing’s moves to change geography in the South China Sea (SCS) region have had major economic and strategic implications for Vietnam and some other Southeast Asian nations besides India and Japan among others, as any future move to choke movement of cargo through SCS will have a major impact on international trade.
But Vietnam is not the only smaller neighbour whose territory is being claimed by China based on historical narratives.
The list includes Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and host of Central Asian states.
The Paracel Islands are also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. China fully occupied the Paracel Islands in 1974 after forcing the navy of the South Vietnam, off its holdings.
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