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India supports Philippines’ Sovereignty: 27 Mar 2024

Key Points:

  • Support for national sovereignty: India expressed its support for the Philippines in upholding its national sovereignty.
  • Maritime cooperation: India and the Philippines will enhance their maritime cooperation through dialogue focused on various aspects such as marine domain awareness, shipping, search and rescue, and law enforcement.
  • Areas of bilateral cooperation: Trade, investment, health, food security, education, science and technology, defence and maritime cooperation.

Recent Developments:

    • Bilateral trade crossed the $3-billion mark last year.
  • Growing strategic cooperation: India and the Philippines have witnessed significant growth in strategic cooperation, particularly in the areas of defence and security.
  • BrahMos cruise missile deal: In 2022, Manila became the first foreign customer for the BrahMos cruise missile, signing a $375-million order for this weapon system jointly developed by India and Russia.
  • Indo-Pacific maritime domain awareness initiative: Both  are part of the Indo-Pacific maritime domain awareness initiative, emphasizing their shared commitment to maritime security and cooperation.
  • The Philippines prioritizes collaboration with India in areas such as education, training, research, and development.

India’s Regional Interest:

  • India is involved in the region due to its Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision.
  • India strongly supports ASEAN’s centrality and unity.

Freedom of Navigation and International Law:

  • Both emphasize adherence to international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • The 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague declared China’s claims in the South China Sea as unlawful.

Why in news?

Recently, External Affairs Minister, Jaishankar mentioned that India supports the sovereignty of the Philippines.