Meanwhile, a British warship is also scheduled to steam from Australia to the South China Sea
anytime this month to assert freedom of navigation rights within the highly Chinese militarized region.
Another NPC deputy, Wang Changren, who is the Party chief of the Hainan Tropical Ocean University, said the construction of a national park in the disputed region "can improve people's awareness of the region's importance, and the South China Sea
should be a textbook for marine protection in China,"
More than its geopolitical value then, the South China Sea
and its immense biodiversity are issues about which states ought to be concerned.
There's little doubt that China would prefer to have the US out of the South China Sea
altogether, as it looks to exert more influence over the Asia-Pacific region.
Comprising of hundreds of small islands, reefs and shoals, the South China Sea
is an important shipping route and believed to be rich in natural resources, such as oil and gas.
The United States has criticised China's build-up of military facilities on South China Sea
reefs and tiny islands it has constructed, concerned that they could be used to extend its strategic reach.
In March, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a branch of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), released satellite images showing China finishing the construction of its military infrastructure on the South China Sea
The Chinese side is committed to defending its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea
, and safeguarding peace and stability there," said Hua, adding that Beijing and Manila should maintain warm bilateral ties.
The statement also reiterated President Tsai office's call to resolve the South China Sea
dispute peacefully through multilateral negotiations, as well as "in the spirit of setting aside differences and promoting joint development".
The spokesperson said the US side should pay due respect to actual facts, drop its double standards, and honor its commitment not to take sides on the issue of territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea
, the Global Times reported.
Countries outside the region should fully respect efforts made by China and the ASEAN countries to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea
, and play a constructive role to this end, he added.
Spokesperson said that Pakistan believes that maintenance of peace and security is the collective responsibility of all parties to the South China Sea
China does not want to G7 talking about the South China Sea
and contends that joint statement from foreign ministers is "fueling tensions"
The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the Philippines welcomes the Declaration made by the European Union on recent developments in the South China Sea
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US needs to focus on its own problems rather than provoke China in the South China Sea
, US politician Cynthia McKinney wrote.