India confronts China: It seems India has certainly decided to make its presence feel at the international level and this was evident when New Delhi openly defied its hostile neighbour China and went ahead with its deal with Vietnam under which Indian oil companies carry out oil exploration and develop oil wells in South China Sea.
Reacting to the development Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had said, "We don`t hope to see outside forces involved in the South China Sea dispute and do not want to see foreign companies engage in activities that will undermine China`s sovereignty and interest."
Reports suggest that China’s plan was to force India to dump the oil project as Beijing wants to control South China Sea, a disputed sea over which it claims full sovereignty. Notably, last year, the Chinese drove out British Petroleum from drilling in South China Sea.
India defeats China: In a significant victory, India was elected to the United Nations` Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), defeating China in a direct fight for the lone seat from the Asia-Pacific region and returning to this powerful external oversight body after a gap of 35 years.
India`s permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva, A Gopinathan defeated Zhang Yan, China`s Ambassador in New Delhi, to assume a place on the JIU for a five-year term starting on January 1, 2013.
India offers help to Eurozone: Making its global ambitions clear, India at the G20 Summit offered to resolve the Eurozone crisis. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said India could help in resolving the Eurozone crisis but no formal request had yet been made.
India supports Pakistan in UNSC: In a bid to improve ties with its most hostile neighbour India this year voted for Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a non-permanent seat.
Islamabad too welcomed New Delhi’s initiative and said India played a major role in supporting its successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council.