Philippines violated agreements on disputed sea, says China

(From agencies)

Beijing on Wednesday insisted that Manila violated agreements on maritime conduct in the disputed South China Sea, The Philippine Star reports.

Wang Yi

Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi claimed that the Philippines reneged on the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) between China and Southeast Asian nations.

“It is exactly one country, and let me not avoid mentioning the name: that is, the Philippines has violated the stipulation of Article 4 of DOC and has given up on the dialogue and negotiations with the direct concerned parties of China, which is regrettable and which is ill-advised,” Wang said.

The Philippines had filed an arbitration case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands. China, however, refused to participate in the proceedings.

Wang warned other claimant countries in the region from deploying naval power to enforce their claims.

‘Media unfairly targets China’

China on Wednesday complained the media were ignoring radars and weapons deployed by other claimants in the South China Sea, and unfairly targeting China, following reports of its deployment of fighter jets and radars in the disputed waterway, Reuters reports.

Over the past week or so, China has been reported to have deployed advanced missiles, fighters and radar equipment on islands in the South China Sea, especially on Woody Island in the Paracels.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that as far as China was concerned, there was no dispute over ownership of the Paracels, and so China could deploy what it wanted on its territory without reproach.

“I suggest to the media that, in your reports, you not selectively pump up or ignore things,” Hua told a daily news briefing on Wednesday.

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