China Urges Against Confrontation in the South China Sea
Beijing – In a press statement on Tuesday, China’s Ministry of National Defense emphasized that the South China Sea should not become a battleground for confrontations between countries.
Tan Kefei, the spokesperson for China’s National Defense Ministry, responded to the recent announcement of the Bilateral Defense Guidelines established by the United States and the Philippines.
The guidelines reaffirmed that the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty encompasses the South China Sea.
Tan emphasized the importance of regional cooperation and stated that, through joint efforts, the South China Sea’s current situation remains relatively stable.
China advocates for a peaceful, friendly, and cooperative atmosphere in the region and strongly opposes any attempts to turn the South China Sea into a theater for confrontations among certain nations.
China maintains a clear and consistent position on the South China Sea issue, according to Tan.
The spokesperson expressed China’s resolute opposition to any country interfering in the South China Sea matter under the guise of bilateral treaties, which would undermine China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests.
In response to these developments, the Chinese military is closely monitoring the situation and is prepared to take necessary measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests.
The South China Sea continues to be a highly contested region, with multiple countries asserting their claims.
China’s statement serves as a reminder of its stance against any actions that could escalate tensions and potentially lead to conflicts in the area.