India, Vietnam to sign agreement for oil exploration in disputed South China Sea

India, Vietnam to sign agreement for oil exploration in disputed South China Sea

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM
New Delhi: India and Vietnam are scheduled to sign an agreement on Tuesday allowing the former to explore the South China Sea for oil, despite strong protests from China.




Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, in India for a two-day state visit, will reportedly sign the agreement for three oil blocks, which would allow Indian ships into the highly disputed waters, which are claimed by China.


On Monday, Prime Minister Dung began his trip by touching down in Bodh Gaya, where he visited the Bodhgaya temple and the Vietnam Buddhism Pagoda. The visiting dignitary also met Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.


On Monday evening, Prime Minister Dung had an interactive session with Indian industry honchos. Representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India were present at the event.


As part of his visit, Prime Minister Dung will also hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a banquet hosted by the latter on Tuesday evening. The visiting dignitary is also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.


Prime Minister Dung's visit to India comes after President Mukherjee travelled to Vietnam last month and Swaraj made a three-day tour of Hanoi in August this year. This is his third trip to India as the Prime Minister of his nation.

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