‘Conquest’ of the Bay
I HAVE been nauseated by the new benchmarks of adulation that the sycophants have reached and let loose in recent days wasting huge sums of money (whose?). I wonder what pleasure was derived by the recipient(s), when the real facts and the balance sheet of the ’victory’ remain obscure. Does anyone know what our nation will gain in practical terms?
Amitava Ranjan’s posting in the Indian Express on Thursday, April 26 is relevant and reproduced below:
‘India has escaped a standoff — a repeat of the South China Sea squabble — with neighbouring Bangladesh following a ruling by International Tribunal for Law of the Sea (ITLOS) that India’s natural gas assets in Myanmar were outside Dhaka’s maritime limits.
‘Clarifying the ITLOS ruling on water boundary between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) has informed that blocks A1 and A3 would “remain within Myanmar side”. The blocks collectively hold about 6 trillion cubic feet of discovered gas and state-run Indian firms hold 25.5 per cent equity in each. The oil and gas fields map prepared by Myanmar following ITLOS’ March 14 verdict shows that almost all of its offshore blocks had been excluded from Bangladesh.
‘As such, the ITLOS’ verdict would have little impact on Myanmar’s offshore energy resources.’
What did Bangladesh get — a lot of salty water with little or no fish in it? Will someone explain, please?
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