[Global Times Singapore correspondent Xin Bin, Global Times reporter Li Sikun] "We have asked the US side many times or people who claim that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is problematic. Please provide evidence to prove which ship, which aircraft, when did they encounter problems in navigation or overflight in the South China Sea in any country? But so far, no one has given a clear answer. "From this we can see that the so-called freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea is a non-existent pseudo-proposition," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on June 16. On the same day, she used this remark to return to the position of vice president Burns of the United States. Burns said that the South China Sea does not belong to any country, and the United States will continue to exercise freedom of navigation and overflight within the limits permitted by international law.
The British Reuters said Burns's speech on Friday would obviously anger China. Just a day ago, Philippine President Dutt, who attended the ASEAN Series in Singapore, warned the United States and other countries to accept the fact that the South China Sea is already in China's hands in order to avoid regional tensions. He urged these countries to stop using military activities to provoke China. According to the U.S. Navy Network on the 14th, the U.S. double carrier attack group is conducting exercises in the Philippine Sea.
In fact, Philippines is not the only country in the South Sea that gives discontent to the United States. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir talked about regional security during the ASEAN meeting. He told the United States that he did not want to see large warships such as the Seventh Fleet in ASEAN waters because "large warships can cause incidents and trigger tensions," Singapore's Straits Times reported on May 15. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also expressed his concern about the US move in the Asia-Pacific region on the 15th. He said that Southeast Asian countries may have to choose between the United States and China one day, "I hope this day will not come too soon".
"Recently, people in the United States have made various voices from time to time, and everybody is listening to them and watching them," Hua Chunying said on the 16th. China's position is very clear. China is willing to work with regional countries to firmly safeguard the real freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in accordance with international law, while resolutely opposing those under the guise of so-called freedom of navigation. The act of damaging the sovereignty and security interests of the coastal state of the South China Sea. She also asked journalists who raised relevant questions at the press conference to "remind relevant people of the United States that the United States has not yet ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea". "If the United States ratifies and abides by the Convention as soon as possible, I think it will be more conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea," said Hua Chunying.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on the 16th that ASEAN leaders issued a presidential statement at the 33rd ASEAN Summit, reiterating the importance of promoting peace and stability in the South China Sea. "We warmly welcome the ever-improving cooperation between ASEAN and China and are encouraged by the early conclusion of effective substantive negotiations on the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) on a mutually agreed timetable," the statement said.
Reuters commented that in the absence of US President Trump at the ASEAN Summit and East Asian Cooperation Leaders'Series, Asian countries actively promoted multilateral relations in trade and investment, including strengthening ties with China. The report quoted Dai Shangzhi, director of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, as saying that Trump inadvertently pushed Asian countries together. Asians are groping for what they can do without relying on the United States.
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