Eye on China: Rajnath slams ‘nations with hegemonic tendencies’

NEW DELHI: In a fresh dig at China, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said some “irresponsible nations” with their narrow partisan interests and hegemonic tendencies are coming up with wrong definitions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Speaking after commissioning of Indian Navy‘s destroyer Visakhapatnam, Rajnath said it is concerning that UNCLOS is being weakened by arbitrary interpretation of its definition by some nations.
Though he did not name China directly, Rajnath was apparently referring to Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Rajnath Singh commissions INS Visakhapatnam into Indian Navy

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India envisages Indo-Pacific having freedom of navigation, free trade and universal values where all stakeholders’ interests are protected, he said.
India, along with its Quad allies US, Japan and Australia, have repeatedly batted for a free and fair Indo-Pacific region.
“Some irresponsible nations, with their narrow partisan interests, hegemonic tendencies are coming with wrong definitions of international laws,” Singh said.
China has been militarizing islands in the South China, a move that has attracted global criticism. The area has over-lapping claims of several East and Southeast Asian nations.
Singh said as an important country in the region, the Indian Navy’s role assumes a more crucial role for the region’s security.
He said countries world over are working towards making their military power strong and modern due to global security reasons, border disputes and importance to maintain maritime dominance.
“It was a proud day for India’s quest to become Aatmanirbhar in the defence sector,” PM Modi later said in a tweet.

Indigenously-built stealth guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam, packed with an array of missiles and anti-submarine rockets, was commissioned on Sunday in presence of top naval commanders.
‘Visakhapatnam’ is equipped with lethal weapons and sensors, including supersonic surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, medium and short-range guns, anti-submarine rockets and advanced electronic warfare and communication suits, officials said.
Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, said the ship is a shining example of self-reliance.
(With inputs from PTI)

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