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Palace: Asean may tackle China SCS reclamation

13 August 2017, 01:02 | Devin Moran

Xi extends congratulations on 50th anniversary of ASEAN's founding

Beijing pressures Singapore over South China Sea

"China is resolutely opposed to this kind of show of force and pushing of regional militarization by the USA that may easily cause an unexpected incident at sea or in the air", China's Defense Ministry said in a statement. China has not recognized the ruling.

The US is attempting to stir up troubles in the waters where the situation has cooled down, Geng said, adding that the warship's intrusion showed "who is exactly the one that does not want to see sustained stability in the South China Sea, and who serves as the biggest factor in the "militarisation" of the South China Sea".

Japan worries that China's probing of its air defenses is part of a push to extend its military influence in the East China Sea and western Pacific, where Japan controls an island chain stretching 1,400 km south towards Taiwan.

China has recently installed rocket launchers on a disputed island in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in order to fend off Vietnam's claims, according to a report.

China considered this a large concession to the US, the Guardian said. The U.S. and North Korea have been exchanging threats over North Korea's missile program.

He said the concerns could then be discussed in the future meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) if China indeed proceeds with land reclamation and militarization.

"And the point of that is to demonstrate that the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".




Opening its strategic South Sea Fleet base in the coastal city of Zhanjiang to a group of Indian journalists for the first time, People's Liberation Army Navy officials say the Indian Ocean is a "common place" for the global community. As Cayetano made clear, China does not favor a legally-binding document, instead preferring a norms-based nonaggression pact that would set out a consensus agreement on acceptable forms of behavior in the South China Sea.

"They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" he said.

More significantly, the latest United States naval patrol comes days after a meeting of China and ASEAN foreign ministers in the Philippines had agreed a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea which is contested by multiple claimants including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. It added that United States moves "to pick quarrels and make troubles under the banner of "freedom of navigation" endangered lives and harmed regional stability.

The U.S.is not a party to the disputes in the busy and potentially oil- and gas-rich waters that also involve Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said threats against the US from North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." .

Speaking with the Indian media on the decks of the PLAN's frigate Yulin about the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean - which is much to the disquiet of India - he said China's military is defensive in nature, not offensive.



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