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DM Spokesman: China firmly opposes U.S. warship’s patrol in Nansha

( Source: China Military Online  )         2015-October-28 01:09

  BEIJING, Oct. 27 (ChinaMil) -- China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has expressed "resolute opposition" over the USS Lassen's patrol near related islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.

  Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesman for China's MND, said on Oct. 27 that the Chinese Defense Ministry firmly opposes U.S. naval destroyer USS Lassen's patrol near the Zhubi Reef of the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea, and has made solemn representations to the U.S. side.

  The Chinese PLA Navy has dispatched the guided missile destroyer Lanzhou and the patrol ship Taizhou to send warnings by law to the USS Lassen, Yang added.

  Disregarding Chinese government's firm opposition and repeated negotiations, the U.S. sent its destroyer Lassen to enter waters near related islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 27. Such action by the U.S. side threatened China's national sovereignty and security, endangered the safety of personnel and facilities on the related islands and the safety of Chinese fishermen's normal operations, and damaged the regional peace and stability, Yang stated.

  Yang also said that there is solid historical and legal evidence that China has the sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and adjacent waters. China's constructions and maintenance on some islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands that have been stationed by Chinese military for years are mainly for civil service and for the common interests of all countries.

  Yang stressed that the provocative action of the U.S. by sending its warship to enter waters near the islands and reefs garrisoned by the Chinese side has endangered China's national security, especially the safety of personnel and facilities on the islands and reefs.

  Over the past years, the U.S. has proposed for many times on public occasions to take effective measures to ensure the navigation safety of vessels and aircraft from various sides, Yang continued. However, this time, regardless of China's repeated oppositions, the U.S. dispatched its warship to enter the waters near related islands and reefs garrisoned by the Chinese side, which led to a close-in naval and air force encounter of the two sides, posing direct threats to the personnel safety of both sides. Such action is quite irresponsible and extremely apt to cause incidents.

  There are broad international waterways in the South China Sea, every day, there are also a large number of merchant ships from different countries passing through the South China Sea, and their freedom of navigation has never been affected, Yang said.

  By contrast, the U.S. naval ship abandoned the wide international waterways in the South China Sea and took a detour into the waters near the islands and reefs garrisoned by the Chinese side for muscle-flexing, which is absolutely an abuse of the "free navigation" in the international law, Yang pointed out.

  Currently, consultations on the "code of conduct in the South China Sea" are going on between China and countries around the South China Sea. All the countries concerned have proactively expressed their wishes to commonly maintain peace and stability in the region, Yang said.

  Under this circumstance, the U.S., as a country out of the region, with its action of sending warship to patrol near the Zhubi Reef of China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea, provoked China's national security and severely jeopardized regional peace and stability, Yang said, adding that the U.S. intends to militarize the South China Sea by coercing countries in the region to be involved in military conflicts.

  For some time, the China-U.S. bilateral military relations have kept a good momentum of development, as evidenced by the agreement and the official signature by the two sides on the Annex of Notification on Military Crisis to the Mutual Notification Mechanism for Major Military Activities and the Annex of the Rules of Behavior for Air-to-Air Encounters to the Code of Safe Conduct on Naval and Air Military Encounters, a new step forward in risk management and control, Yang said.

  Nevertheless, the provocative action by the U.S. warship this time has severely undermined the mutual trust between China and the U.S. and backfired on the efforts made by the two countries to build a new type of China-U.S. major country relationship and a new type of military-to-military relationship, Yang continued.

  We strongly urge the U.S. side to earnestly respect China's national sovereignty and security concerns, properly cope with divergences by processing from the overall situation of building a new type of China-U.S. major country relationship and following the principle of "no conflict, mutual trust, win-win cooperation", take concrete measures to correct the wrong doings and prevent such incidents from happening again, Yang stressed.

  As a conclusion, Yang expressed that the Chinese military is unswervingly determined to safeguard China's national sovereignty and security, and will take every necessary measure to safeguard the national security.

Editor :  Zhang Tao