India Settles Sea Claim Dispute with Bangladesh to Seek Offshore Oil

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    If good fences make good neighbors, that may explain why much of Asia’s recent territorial tension has centered on the ocean.

    India took a step toward tighter ties with Bangladesh this month in surrendering its four-decade claim to a swathe of the Bay of Bengal about the size of Lake Ontario, opting to heed a United Nations-backed ruling. Bangladesh praised its neighbor’s move, with the head of state-run oil monopoly Petrobangla saying the newfound clarity will unlock drilling opportunities

    The decision provides a contrast with China, which declines to acknowledge any UN jurisdiction in its dispute with the Philippines over maritime claims. The difference in approach shows why tensions are rising in the South China Sea as companies ramp up oil and gas investment in the Bay of Bengal.

    “This is a showcase judgment of how countries can reach an amicable agreement,” said S. Chandrasekharan, New Delhi-based director of the South Asia Analysis Group, referring to India and Bangladesh. “The South China Sea is a glaring example of how one intransigent country can hold up everything.”

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration on July 7 awarded about 19,500 square kilometers (7,500 square miles) to Bangladesh, some 76 percent of the area under dispute with India. The move followed a decision last year that clarified Bangladesh’s sea border with Myanmar.

    Exploration On
    “The award puts an end to a long standing issue between India and Bangladesh which has impeded the ability of both countries to fully exploit the resources in that part of the Bay of Bengal,” V.K. Singh, junior minister in India’s Ministry of External Affairs, told lawmakers yesterday. “The peaceful settlement of this issue on the basis of international law symbolizes friendship, mutual understanding and goodwill between the two countries.”

    The cooperation has opened up access to energy exploration for India and Bangladesh, which now account for less than 1 percent of the world’s proven gas reserves, according to estimates by BP Plc. By year’s end, Bangladesh plans to auction 18 oil and gas blocks in the Bay of Bengal, including 10 previously claimed by India, according to Hossain Mansur, chairman of state-run Petrobangla.

    “It’s now a big opportunity for us to explore sea blocks for oil and gas without disruptions,” Mansur said by phone from Dhaka on July 23.

    Paul Reichler, a Washington-based lawyer for Foley Hoag LLP who represented Bangladesh in its case against India, is also working for the Philippines as it seeks a ruling from the same court on China’s claims. China has declined to participate, telling the court last year it “does not accept the arbitration initiated by the Philippines.”

    ‘Odd Man Out’
    “The fact India has accepted this judgment without question puts a little pressure on China,” Reichler said, adding that China is the first country to refuse to participate in arbitration under the UN law of the sea. “It makes China look that much more like the odd man out.”
    The South China Sea is estimated to have as much as 30 billion metric tons of oil and 16 trillion cubic meters of gas, which would account for about one-third of China’s oil and gas resources, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Vietnam and the Philippines reject China’s “nine-dash map” of the waters as a basis for joint oil and gas development.
    “India, Bangladesh and Myanmar have all demonstrated that countries can successfully settle their disputes through impartial third-party arbitration,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a text message. “We are confident that the tribunal will find in favor of our position against China’s Nine-Dash Line. I am sure the international community will receive such a development positively and that China will appreciate its value in the long run.”

    Vietnam Ammunition
    Vietnam has prepared evidence and is awaiting the “appropriate timing” to take legal action against China, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Bloomberg News on May 30.
    “Vietnam welcomes countries choosing to resolve disputes through peaceful measures,” Le Hai Binh, Vietnam foreign affairs ministry spokesman, said by e-mail. “Vietnam thinks that all nations, including China, have the responsibility to maintain regional peace and stability.”
    Without some sort of international settlement, tensions between China and Vietnam will flare again, Le Hong Hiep, a lecturer at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, said by phone.

    India’s acceptance of the UN’s ruling gives Vietnam more ammunition in its “public opinion warfare” with China over disputed territory, Hiep said.

    Bikram Singh, India’s retiring army chief, told reporters today that a land border dispute with China would be resolved peacefully, building on goodwill from a meeting earlier this month in Brazil between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi said then the two countries should work together to give developing countries a stronger voice in setting global rules, Xinhua said.

    China Power
    “The Chinese leadership around Xi Jinping is ready to get into difficulties with its neighbors in order to consolidate its preeminence in the region and to rebalance its power vis-a-vis other players including the United States,” said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, director of government and international studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.

    China’s foreign ministry in March repeated its rejection of the Philippines arbitration case, saying it prefers direct negotiations to resolve the dispute. The Philippines is illegally occupying some of China’s islands and reefs in the South China Sea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on March 30.

    “If you’re a big power and know you’re more powerful, you don’t want to be constrained by international law,” said Li Mingjiang, associate professor and coordinator of the China program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “You want to use political and other means to resolve the dispute.”

    India Studying
    Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), India’s biggest energy explorer, will study the blocks and may make a bid, according to D.K. Sarraf, its New Delhi-based chairman.

    “It’s good for the oil and gas industry,” Sarraf said by phone of the Bangladesh ruling. “This should increase activity in the region.”

    In the South China Sea, oil and gas exploration has been contentious. Chinese ships have cut the cables of survey vessels working for Vietnam and the Philippines, while state-run China National Petroleum Corp. this year moved a deepwater rig into a disputed area despite objections from its neighbors.

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    India Drops Sea Claim to Seek Offshore Oil in China Contrast - Bloomberg
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    Other countries should learn from this. What we are witnessing from different places where there is tension, whether it is mid east (Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Syria), or Ukraine or SCS or sea of Japan, all the parties involved should learn to give and take. That will bring peace. India has shown how a good statesman should behave!!
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    “The fact India has accepted this judgment without question puts a little pressure on China,” Reichler said, adding that China is the first country to refuse to participate in arbitration under the UN law of the sea. “It makes China look that much more like the odd man out.”
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    & then some people dare to say that we bully our Neighbors
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    kalu_miah, asad71, UKBengali , idune are missing here !
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    Now where is all the "Bully India" rhetoric ? Even then few of our western neighbours still say that "evil Hindu banaya are planning something evil. They cannot be peace loving. They start wars and terrorism"

    But the fact is that this judgement goes on to show that we do show our neighbours respect and are working towards peace in the sub continent. May others follow the way of peace not religious war/hate mongering.
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    They are brain washed and thankless people. They will not be able to appreciate the goodwill gesture of India. They are not able to recognize the sacrifice of Indian army for their freedom.
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    Haven't we lost 6,135 sq km? The tribunal has accepted Indian base line claims, but did not accept Indian equip-distance angle projection.
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    বিশেষ সাক্ষাৎকার:মোহাম্মদ খুরশেদ আলম


    প্রথম আলো :১৯৮০ সালে আপনি কী পদে ছিলেন? আর তালপট্টিতে কী ভূমিকা রেখেছিলেন?
    খুরশেদ আলম :আমি একটি গানবোট নিয়ে গিয়েছিলাম। ১৩০ টনের গানবোট। ভারত পাঠিয়েছিল এক হাজার ১০০ টনের চারটি জাহাজ। আমি তখন লে. কমান্ডার ছিলাম।
    প্রথম আলো :তালপট্টি দ্বীপে নেমেছিলেন?
    খুরশেদ আলম :আগেই ভারত সেখানে অবতরণ করেছিল।
    প্রথম আলো :আপনারা দ্বীপের কতটা কাছে গিয়েছিলেন? কী অভিজ্ঞতা ছিল?
    খুরশেদ আলম :দ্বীপের প্রায় আধা মাইল কাছাকাছি গিয়েছিলাম। বেতারে তাদের সঙ্গে যোগাযোগ হয়েছে। কোনো গোলা বিনিময় হয়নি। ভারত সেখানে তাদের পতাকা উড়িয়েছিল। ঘর তুলেছিল। গাড়ি এনেছিল।
    প্রথম আলো :তাহলে কি বলবেন যে ভারতীয় উপস্থিতি সঠিক ছিল?
    খুরশেদ আলম :না, সেটা বলব না। আমি বলব, সেটা ঠিক ছিল, কি ছিল না, তার সঙ্গে রায়ের কোনো সম্পর্ক নেই।
    প্রথম আলো :কিন্তু রায়ের মাধ্যমে প্রমাণিত হলো, ভারতের উপস্থিতি যৌক্তিক ছিল।
    খুরশেদ আলম :সেটা যুক্তির কথা।
    প্রথম আলো :যদি কোনো দ্বীপ থাকত, তাহলে সেখান থেকে ইইজেড বা টেরিটোরিয়াল সি পরিমাপের বিষয়টি আসত কি না? জটিলতা বাড়ত কি না?
    খুরশেদ আলম :জটিলতা বাড়ার সুযোগ ছিল না। কারণ, দ্বীপ থাকলেও সেটা বিরোধপূর্ণ

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    1.According to BN patrols observing S Talpatty,India had sunk sand filled barges and obsolete ships in the channel in a manner that it shifted the natural course in India's favor.



    2. Just because the island disappears during low tide,doesn't mean we loose sovereignty over it.
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    1. India will never veer away from its program of destabilizing BD till she can be devoured. In the budget proposed by BJP a huge amount has been earmarked for river connectivity.



    2. I am looking at the submission papers of both nations, but the forum will not allow CP. BD's claims are at para 193 and excludes any mention of S Talpatty or adjoining area. India's claim is at 194 where India has claimed these at Nrs I-I.and I-2. Case filing clearly reveals that BAL Mir Jafars reached a sinister deal with India on the quiet to handover South Talpatti Island and adjacent areas.
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    The Hariabhanga basin that India got contains more than 100 TCF gas reserve. India has known this since 2006 and Bangladesh government also knew this matter. BAL government knowingly sold out our share by not lodging theclaim.


    That was the report when Gen Zia had decided to go international to pressurize India on this issue. And soon RAW had him killed.
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    so guys,have you seen in what way,you can still blame "RAW and India"??please learn this from Asad71.
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    Strangely silent are BDs veteran India-bashers - MBI Munshi and idune! Why are they in hiding? Probably working out a way to bash India again by pulling out some crap from their rotten hats? :sick:
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    We should have just invaded that puny nation.
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    whats the point ? the cash will find its way in the belly of corrupted politician. instead of giving rupee as bribe , delhi just gave them the bank. :(
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    Not to worry. Reliance will win the BD contract for off shore drilling and fill the pockets of politicians from both sides. In exchange Reliance be allowed to raise the prices of gas and oil to fill their bloated kitty.

    Everyone's happy and the reason why Indian politicians didn't create a shindy!! They all will soon be laughing all the way to the bank.
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    well yeah basically that exactly what i was trying to say