China firmly opposes US’ instigation of Philippines’ infringement in Ren’ai Jiao: defense ministry

The Philippines illegally “grounded” a warship on Ren’ai Jiao and has continuously sent ships intruding into the waters of the area, attempting to reinforce the “grounded” warship, which seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and violates international law and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. History has shown that the US’ interference always makes things worse, Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said at Thursday’s press briefing in response to media reports saying that the US has proposed relevant suggestions to the Philippines.

It is reported that the US has advised the Philippines on the repair of the illegally grounded warship at Ren’ai Jiao in the South China Sea.

China firmly opposes the US’ interference in the South China Sea issue. China strongly objects the US of instigating and supporting the Philippines’ infringement, stirring up trouble, and escalating maritime tensions, Wu noted.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Gilberto Teodoro Jr recently launched a joint statement and made wrong remarks on China’s legal enforcement in the waters near Ren’ai Jiao.

China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Qundao and the adjacent waters, including Ren’ai Jiao. The Ren’ai Jiao issue is between China and the Philippines, and has nothing to do with the US, said Wu.

China strongly condemns relevant countries’ wrongful acts of provoking confrontation and undermining peace and stability in the South China Sea, urging them to be prudent in their words and acts. China’s military will take resolute measures to safeguard the country’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, Wu said.

Ren’ai Jiao has been China’s territory since ancient times. It is an integral part of China’s Nansha Qundao geographically, economically, politically and historically. This has been established as a widely held international common view and fully accords with provisions on archipelagos in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on October 9.

Global Times

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