Nagpahayag ng suporta ang Indian government sa pahayag ng Pilipinas na huwag kilalanin ang 10-dash line na inilabas ng China kasunod ng inilabas nitong 2023 version ng kanilang mapa.
Sa mapang inilabas ng Beijing ay makikita dito na bahagi ng 10-dash line nito ang buong South China Sea bagay na inalmahan hindi lamang ng Pilipinas kundi pati na rin ng bansang Malaysia at India.
“First of all, we do not recognize the 10-dashed line. We do not even recognize the 9-dashed line much more the 10-dashed line. The arbitral award is final and binding and it gives us our marine entitlement, our extended economic zone, our territorial waters and even our extended continental shelf,” ayon kay NSA, Sec. Eduardo Año.
Ayon kay Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Shambu Kumaran, maituturing itong cartographic expansionism.
“Obviously we reject this effort but looking at the sentiment of the Philippines. I think I would express my solidarity with the sentiments of the Philippines which I would call ‘cartographic expansionism’ I think its important to state our position and our views,” ayon naman kay Indian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Shambu Kumaran.
Inaalmahan ng bansang India ang kontrobersiyal na pagsali sa 2023 map ng China ang Arunachal Pradesh State at ilang bahagi ng Jammu at Kashmir region.
“We have clearly articulated in out statement that this map does not correspond with the realities on the ground and with India’s claim specifically Arunachal Pradesh.…have been included in the map.”
Ayon sa Indian ambassador, isang kalokohan ang pag-aangkin na ito ng China.
“It described it that this map is absurd that pretty sums up our position.”
Dagdag ng Indian envoy na ang mga mabibigat na pahayag mula sa mga bansang may taya sa South China Sea ay malinaw na pagpapatunay na hindi katanggap-tanggap ang 10-dash line map ng China.
“I think that’s what happening as you would notice all countries has actually said strong statements and indicate there is clear rejection,” dagdag pa ni H.E. Kumaran.
Samantala, sa pahayag na inilabas ng pamahalaan ng China, nanawagan si Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin na maging kalmado ang mga bansang may kinalaman sa issue ng South China Sea at iwasang mag over-interpret.
“On August 28, the Ministry of Natural Resources of China released the 2023 edition of the standard map. It is a routine practice in China’s exercise of sovereignty in accordance with the law. We hope relevant sides can stay objective and calm, and refrain from over-interpreting the issue,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.