China: We are now ‘forced’ to take actions over SCS tensions

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China said despite of being “committed to resolving disputes peacefully” over South China Sea issues, tensions have now “forced” them to make necessary responses to the provocative actions,” Philippine Star’s Jonathan de Santos reported on Thursday.

In a policy paper published by the State Council Information Office and released to media by the Chinese Embassy, China said that it “has always been committed to resolving disputes peacefully through negotiation and consultation, managing disputes by setting rules and establishing mechanisms, realizing mutually beneficial outcomes through cooperation for mutual benefit, and upholding peace and stability as well as freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.”

“No effort to internationalize and judicialize the South China Sea issue will be of any avail for its resolution; it will only make it harder to resolve the issue, and endanger regional peace and stability,” It added.

Without being specific, it mentioned that it “resolutely opposes certain countries’ provocations of regional disputes for their selfish interests.”

The US has been conducting naval patrols and flights in international waters near the disputed areas.

“China is forced to make necessary responses to the provocative actions which infringe on China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea,” China said.

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