BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday voiced "serious concern" toward a U.S. official's remarks on the Pentagon's plan to send military aircraft and ships to the South China Sea.
Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a routine press briefing that the U.S. side should clarify relevant remarks.
According to a Reuters report, a U.S. official said on Tuesday the Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to "assert freedom of navigation" around Chinese-made artificial islands in the South China Sea.
China has always advocated freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, Hua said. "But freedom of navigation does not give one country's military aircraft and ships free access to another country's territorial waters and airspace."
China will resolutely safeguard its territorial sovereignty, she said, urging the U.S. side not to take any risks or make any provocations so as to maintain regional peace and stability.
BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The South China Sea unexpectedly became a showcase of the U.S.-Japanese alliance when U.S. President Barack Obama met visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid worldwide cries for the latter to apologize for Tokyo's past war crimes.
After a high-profile meeting with the Japanese leader in Washington on Tuesday, Obama told a joint White House press conference that his country and Japan "share a concern" about China's activities in the South China Sea, accusing China of "flexing muscles" in the waters.Full Story
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign Ministry expressed "serious concern" over the ASEAN's statement on South China Sea affairs on Tuesday.
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei's remarks came after the Chairman's Statement at the 26th ASEAN Summit said "we share the serious concerns expressed by some Leaders on the land reclamation being undertaken in the South China Sea."Full Story
BEIJING, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Despite China's repeated assertions on upholding peace in the South China Sea, rhetoric about China creating military threat in the region has been ratcheted up.
The most recent example is Philippine President Benigno Aquino's accusation that China's efforts to claim most of the South China Sea should "engender fear for the rest of the world."Full Story