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Beijing denounces ‘groundless’ US remarks on South China Sea

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 February, 2014, 10:31am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 February, 2014, 10:36am

Beijing on Friday dismissed a US official’s warning against possible Chinese expansion in the skies over the South China Sea, calling the remarks “irresponsible”.

The United States had urged Beijing to clarify or adjust its claims in the South China Sea, calling for a peaceful solution to one of Asia’s growing flashpoints.

“Some US officials make groundless accusations against China,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular briefing.

He added that “right-wing forces in Japan” were responsible for stirring up “rumours” on the issue.

Hong was responding to comments made on Wednesday by the top US diplomat for the region, Danny Russel, warning Beijing not to move to impose an air zone over the territory.

Beijing claims the South China Sea almost in its entirety, even areas a long way from its shoreline, but portions are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Russel supported the Philippines’ right to take its case to a United Nations tribunal -- a move last year that was denounced by China -- as part of efforts to find a “peaceful, non-coercive” solution.

“China’s lack of clarity with regard to its South China Sea claims has created uncertainty in the region and limits the prospect for achieving mutually agreeable resolution or equitable joint development arrangements,” Russel told a congressional committee.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, citing Chinese government sources, recently reported that Beijing had drafted proposals for the new air zone, with tensions already high over its imposition of an air zone above islands administered by Japan in the East China Sea.

That Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), set up in November, immediately drew condemnation from Washington as well as Tokyo, with which China is embroiled in a separate territorial row.

“We neither recognise nor accept China’s declared ADIZ,” Russel, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told the committee.

He added that the US had “made clear to China that it shouldn’t attempt to implement that ADIZ and should refrain from taking similar actions elsewhere in the region”.

Hong on Friday reiterated Beijing’s position that “as a sovereign state, China has the right to act” in order to defend its air security.

“No country has the right to make irresponsible remarks on that,” he said of Russel’s comments.


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Repressive regimes like China who treat their own citizens with an iron hand have no moral right to speak on international matters .To side with with such a govt which does not respect the rule of law nor International Maritime laws is a waste of time and siding with them tantamounts to boot licking. China lacks credibility.
Well that is about as good as a full confirmation of Chinese ambitions to cause trouble in the region as one could get. I note the Ministry of Propaganda left out blaming the Eskimos and Justin Beiber. I guess they are saving that for the next denial.
it is this reason why we in asia thinks it is best for usa to butt out. america is always fishing for trouble elsewhere, thousand of miles away and as long as it is not closer to their home, it is damn fine and acceptable.
disputes between countries of asia can be resolved peaceably without outside interference. anytime and anywhere there is any or for whatever reasons usa is involved, there are bound to be problems. look no further than iraq, libya….
I don't see any major issues with my country Malaysia with china cause both countries talk about it and they are trying to find a peaceful way to resolve it. its call negotiation and not a single threat from china.
Here we have another big mouth aquino trying to act like a cowboy talking trash with tacit usa support behind the scene. not too long ago, their so called sultan of sulu send in troops to invade sabah in malaysia while their netizen goes ballistic with claims of sabah as their own. So much of jive talking from aquino. Those invaders are free to roam as if nothing happen and no further action was taken by aquino and no comment from usa.
it is so obvious to everyone double standard is alive and well when it comes to China. China is damned if they do and damned if they don't with or without any proof or declaration. Just an article from a japan press is giving usa the bullets to fire their shots at china.


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