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WorldChina says U.S. criticism over South China Sea is slander

15:51  22 july  2019
15:51  22 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Remarks by U.S. officials on China's role in the South China Sea are slanderous, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States voiced concern over reports of Chinese interference with oil and gas activities in the disputed waters.

China's claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in shipborne trade passes each year, are contested, all or in part, by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

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BEIJING (AP) — China rejected U . S . allegations that it is using vague territorial claims to gradually assert control in the disputed South China Sea , and The United States said Wednesday that actions by China have raised concerns it is trying to assert control over an area covering roughly 80% of the

China said on Friday it was monitoring U . S . military activities in the South China Sea , after two U . S . bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China ’ s construction of islands and build-up of military facilities there, concerned they could be used

On Saturday, the U.S. State Department said China's repeated provocative actions aimed at the offshore oil and gas development of other claimant states threatened regional energy security and undermined the free and open Indo-Pacific energy market.

U.S. President Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser John Bolton also said on Twitter that China's coercive behavior towards its Southeast Asian neighbors was counterproductive and threatened regional peace and stability, echoing earlier comments by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said such comments by Bolton and Pompeo were baseless, adding that the United States and other "external forces" were stirring up trouble in the South China Sea.

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over the South China Sea , which has been estimated to funnel nearly a fifth of the globe' s trade, but that it has also stationed missiles on the islands. " China always maintains vigilance and effective monitoring of the relevant country' s military activities in the South China Sea ," a ministry said in a

ImageSat International said China has removed missile launchers from the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea . He said it might be the case that Beijing has "purposefully removed and stored the missiles out of sight for the time being to bolster its narrative of peaceful activity in the

"This is slander against Chinese and Southeast Asian countries' efforts to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea and properly manage differences," Geng told a news briefing on Monday. "Countries and people in the region will not believe their words."

He added, "We urge the United States to stop such irresponsible behavior and respect the efforts of China and ASEAN countries to resolve differences through dialogue and work for peace and stability in the South China Sea."

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Vietnam, which for years has been embroiled in a dispute with China over the potentially energy-rich region, on Friday accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters.

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A U . S . Navy patrol off China ’ s artificial islands in the South China Sea was the strongest challenge yet to President Xi Jinping’ s ambitions to enforce Chinese territorial claims—and to alter Asia’ s U . S . officials say operation was first of several to assert ‘freedom of navigation’ around the Spratlys islands.

China hit back on Monday at U . S . criticism that it restricts navigation and overflights in the South China Sea amid a festering marine territorial dispute with some of REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco. China claims most of the South China Sea , through which trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

The busy waterway of the South China Sea is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship.

The two countries have repeatedly traded barbs over what Washington calls Beijing's militarisation of the waters by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.

China says the United States is to blame for tension by repeatedly sending warships close to Chinese-held islands, and that China's sovereignty in the area is irrefutable.

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

(Reporting by Catherine Cadell; Writing by Michael Martina; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

China warns outsiders not to "sow distrust" in South China Sea.
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