China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

The so-called "freedom of navigation" mission involved the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer sailing within the 12-mile range of an artificial island reclaimed by China.

"The US navy violated Chinese and worldwide laws and breached Chinese sovereignty and endangered life and security of frontline personnel", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on Thursday.

If all-out war does break out between the U.S. and the hermit state, long-time Kim Jong-un ally China will be forced to pick sides.

"The US military's provocative actions will only encourage the Chinese military to further strengthen the defence capacity building and firmly defend national sovereignty and security", said Wu.

A Chinese Defence spokesman said the incident had "seriously damaged the strategic mutual trust between two sides".

Geng said the Chinese navy "identified the U.S. warship, warned and expelled it".

China's sovereignty claim over the sea has been challenged by five regional nations - Vietnam، Taiwan، Brunei، Malaysia and the Philippines. China's Global Times newspaper labelled Australia, Japan and the United States "a little bit bad" after their statement.

Construction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, on June 19, 2017.

Japan's Defense White Paper reads that Beijing has been trying to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas based on its own claims, and this has become a common concern for the region and the whole world. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area. South Korea ($US249 billion) and Singapore ($US214 billion) were ranked second and third.

Defending the first Chinese overseas naval base against criticism that it would amplify China's growing influence, he said it will act as a logistics centre and support anti-piracy, United Nations peacekeeping operations and humanitarian relief missions in the region.

Col Wu said that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets are China territory, which is fully backed by historical and legal documents.

China has refused to recognise a ruling by The Hague in 2016 that its historic "nine-dash line" claim to sovereignty over numerous islands is invalid, and is trying to reach its own settlement with rival claimants.

At the same time, he made it clear that China would never "intrude into other countries" but would also not "be obstructed by other countries". Although the Philippines has taken steps to improve ties with China under its current leader, Rodrigo Duterte, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Friday "we don't find (the sail-by) objectionable".

Wang's claim "is false" and China's reclamation work "did not end in mid-2015 with the completion of its artificial islands in the Spratlys", said the report.

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