Beijing : China has urged the United States and Japan to stop pointing fingers at Beijing regarding the South China Sea.
“Countries from outside should honor their commitments and not make irresponsible remarks on issues involving territorial sovereignty,” Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying.
The statement was made in response to remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Japanese counterpart General Nakatani at a Security Summit in Singapore.
Both Carter and Nakatani talked about the South China Sea issue and hurled unreasonable accusations at China during the Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday, said a release from the Foreign Ministry.
“We have noted relevant remarks. They were mostly repeating their old tunes, which have no fact in them and are full of groundless accusations against China’s legitimate construction activities on relevant islands and reefs.” Hua said.
She said they blamed China for the regional security issue when the country is actually the victim and sowed discord between Beijing and other regional countries.
“China is firmly opposed to that and the Chinese delegation attending the meeting has made our position clear,” she added.
Hua stressed that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, which is fully backed by historical and legal evidence.
Hua said that Beijing has never acknowledged the so-called “status-quo” formed by other countries’ illegal occupation of Chinese territory and is not going to do so.
She also gave others pointers regarding the claim.
Hua said that all parties should enhance maritime practical cooperation, jointly address non-traditional maritime security threats and maintain regional peace and stability on the sea. (ANI)