Beijing warns not to escalate S. China Sea dispute

Vietnamese sailors train with a 12.7mm machine gun during a naval drill Monday.

Vietnamese sailors train with a 12.7mm machine gun during a naval drill Monday.

China has warned against attempts to internationalize and complicate the South China Sea issue but said it will not resort to the use of force in defusing tensions.

„The recent situation in the South China Sea was due to unilateral actions taken by some countries, which damaged China’s sovereignty and marine interests. These countries made groundless and irresponsible remarks in an attempt to expand and complicate the South China Sea issue. That is the cause of the problem,“ Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.

„China is committed to a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea issue through bilateral dialogues and consultations with related parties. We will not resort to the use of force or the threat of force,“ he said. „China is safeguarding its own legitimate rights, not infringing upon others,“ Hong said.
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