China tells Obama to keep out of South China Sea disputes

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BEIJING: Beijing said Wednesday US President Barack Obama should not get involved in disputes in the South China Sea, after he demanded an end to artificial island building in the hotly contested region.

“The United States should stop playing up the South China Sea issue, stop heightening tensions in the South China Sea and stop complicating disputes in the South China Sea,” Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

“No country has the right to point fingers at” China’s construction activities, he added.

The rebuke came after Obama met with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila during the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) gathering.


Beijing has turned a series of reefs and outcrops in disputed waters into artificial islands capable of hosting facilities with military purposes, alarming other claimants.

“We discussed the impact of China’s land reclamation and construction activities on regional stability,” Obama told reporters after meeting.

“We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt further reclamation, new construction, and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea.”

APEC members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims to parts of the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas resources.

Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of its Asian neighbors.

AFP

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  1. Beijing claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of its Asian neighbors. China downplay its dubious claim in order to perfectly swallow all the neighboring countries in the entire South Pacific Region which eventually render this APEC Summit accomplishment useless as all redound to the benefit of China alone. Beware China that greed will boomerang to your face sooner by force of nature as you step somebody else toes, and certainly you are feel that pressure now. Strong wind will blow you away and you will never know why.

  2. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    18 Nov. 2015

    Beijing is continuing to warn the United States not to get involved in what it is doing arrogantly, illegally and ominously in the South China Sea.

    Instead of heeding those warnings, the US has responded by going ahead with its FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION OPERATIONS in the South China Sea, in a direct and bold challenge to China.

    Obviously, the US is ready for any eventually with China, including war.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com