Both India and China advocate freedom of the navigation in the South China Sea and there are no differences over it, according to Huang Xilian, Deputy Director General of the Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry.

India will react if a Chinese company goes to a disputed area with a South Asian neighbour, Huang said, adding that likewise China objects to India's ONGC participation in oil exploration in the wells in South China Sea (SCS) claimed by Vietnam, he told an Indian media delegation here.

ONGC has been awarded oil exploration contracts by Vietnam and China in the past voiced objections to Indian state-owned firm's participation in Vietnam's oil exploration projects if they fall into disputed areas.

India defended the projects saying that they are purely commercial projects and need not be politicised.

China claims sovereignty over almost all of SCS which is objected by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Asked why the same principle cannot be applied to Chinese investments in PoK specially the Corridor which is also a commercial project, Huang said the issues relating to the region are a left over from history.

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