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Embassy Spokesperson's letter to The Economist on its unjustified comments on South China Sea
2018/07/14

Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to The Economist about the latter's unjustified comments on China's policy on South China Sea. The Economist published the letter on 13 July 2018, the full text of which is as follows:

Banyan accused China of having "militarised" the South China Sea (June 23rd). The reality is that China is exercising its sovereign right under international law to build necessary civil and defence facilities on its own islands, which is consistent with the practice of all countries. These facilities, while safeguarding the sovereignty and security of China, also help ensure the openness and safety of shipping and flight routes throughout the region.

Some countries have been sending naval vessels and aircraft to the South China Sea and flexing their military muscle, even in the air space of, and territorial waters adjacent to, the Chinese islands. This is in total disregard of China's sovereignty and security or the peace of the region.

The South China Sea is calm and the region is in harmony, thanks to the efforts of all regional partners who have returned to the correct track of resolving disputes through negotiation. They have maintained close communications in order to manage their differences properly, enhance mutual trust and engage in maritime co-operation. Consultations on the South China Sea Code of Conduct are also progressing steadily.

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