Ministry of Foreign Affairs: opposing damage to China's sovereignty and Security in the name of Freedom of Navigation
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, 22 Nov (Reporter Zhu Chao) Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on 22 November that China has always respected and maintained the freedom of navigation and overflight enjoyed by all countries in the South China Sea in accordance with international law. However, it is firmly opposed to any country undermining China's sovereignty and security in the name of freedom of navigation and overflight.
At a regular press conference on the same day, a reporter asked: it is reported that on the 21st and 22nd of this month, US Navy warships carried out "freedom of navigation" operations in the South China Sea for two consecutive days. What is China's comment on this?
Geng Shuang said: on the 20th, the US Navy's "Giffords" coastal combat ship illegally entered the waters adjacent to the relevant islands and reefs in China's Nansha Islands without the permission of the Chinese government. On the morning of the 21st, the USS Meyer broke into the territorial waters of China's Xisha Islands without authorization. China's southern war zone carries out tracking, surveillance, verification and identification of relevant US ships in accordance with the law, and warns them away.
"We firmly oppose the US side's actions that seriously damage China's sovereignty and security interests and undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea." Geng Shuang said: "the Chinese side has made solemn representations to the US side and expressed strong protest against this."
"the current situation in the South China Sea is generally stable, and all parties concerned are focused on dialogue and cooperation. We urge the US side to immediately stop such provocative acts, not to move against the trend, and to avoid undermining peace and tranquillity in the region. China will take all necessary measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and security and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea. " He said.