US, India state heads hit on aggressive party in South China Sea

“We affirm the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea,” United States President Barack Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint statement after a bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

“We call on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

The joint statement also highlighted India’s Act-East Policy and the US’ rebalance to Asia-Pacific. It added that “a closer partnership between the United States and India is indispensable to promoting peace, prosperity and stability” in the region.