South China Sea issue should not hinder China-U.S. ties: Xinhua

(From Xinhuanet)

A series of actions and words by the United States are an overreaction on the South China Sea issue, which only lead to their international credibility being affected.

A U.S. anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft flew over waters off China’s Nansha Islands last month. Onboard the aircraft was also a CNN team, which claimed they had been given permission by the Pentagon.

Clearly the United States wanted to play up China’s island construction activities to portray it as a threat to regional stability.

Speaking on his way to Singapore to attend the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for an end to island-building in the South China Sea, despite the fact that Beijing has repeatedly elaborated that China’s construction on the islands, besides meeting necessary defense needs, mostly serves civil purposes.

For a long time, the South China Sea has maintained peace and stability with the freedom of navigation fully upheld. China’s construction activities on the Nansha islands and reefs are entirely within China’s sovereignty. They are lawful, justified and reasonable and do not affect or target any particular country.

China’s sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea have been consistently upheld by successive Chinese governments and established over a long history, with ample historical and legal basis.

China’s stand has been firm and clear: It will not want anything that does not belong to it, but it will ensure each inch of land it owns safe and sound. Read more



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