Home  |  News  |  Photo  |  Video   |  Travel  |  Learn Chinese  |  Opinions  |  EZFM  |  NEWS Plus  |  CHINA PLUS
Chinese Vice FM Criticizes US Warship's South China Sea Intrusion
   2015-11-23 08:20:46    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Mao

On the sideline of ongoing regional meetings in Kuala lumpur, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said US's intrusion into the South China Sea was a "political provocation" in the name of "freedom of navigation."

During a news conference on Sunday, Liu Zhenmin stressed that China always respected the freedom of navigation by other nations.

"China highly respects freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, so we hope regional and non-regional countries can provide constructive contributions to our efforts to maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea. So they can sail freely on the sea but at the same time respect the countries in the region. Do not look for trouble but seek constructive cooperation."

In late October, the naval destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Zhubi Reef in the South China Sea without notifying the Chinese government.

This raised strong opposition from the Chinese side, as sailing within 12 nautical miles of a territory held by a different country is viewed internationally as a violation of territorial sovereignty.

The Chinese vice foreign minister expressed China's concerns about some countries' behavior in the South China Sea.

"The countries in the region should properly manage their military activity. Now we've seen some big countries from outside the region send their vessels and patrol ships to the South China Sea in the name of practicing their freedom of navigation. There are other big countries trying to strengthen their military cooperation with countries in this region, isn't this militarisation? We are concerned about that."

Earlier, US president Barack Obama said his country would continue to assert its freedom of navigation rights in the Sea, while calling on nations to stop militarising their claims.

However, Liu Zhenmin has defended China's rights to build military facilities as a protocol of national defence and as a way to protect the islands.

Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

                         
News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ