Artificial island belonging to the Spratley archipelago (left), and the
U.S. convoy that violated what China claims to be its territory (right)
Recent U.S. navy activities in the neighbourhood of the disputed Spratley Islands 南沙群岛 and China's official response are reminding a long-standing South China Sea conflict that involves not only the U.S. and China but all neighbouring nations as well. China's stance: Why troubling the water for nothing ?
Foreign Minister Wang Yi: We encourage the U.S. not to make trouble out of nothing.
On October 27, People's Network reported the news based on a website of [China's] ministry of foreign affairs. Today [i.e. Oct. 27], China's foreign minister Wang Yi is presiding a Chinese-Japanese-Korean round of discussions in Beijing.
On that occasion he has mentioned foreign media reports about the U.S. navy entering China's 12-mile zone in the South China Sea.
|CNN report on October 27, 2015|
We encourage the U.S. to think thrice before acting, not to take reckless action, and not to make trouble out of nothing.
When it comes to enjoy navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, the Chinese side consistently respected and defended each country's freedom according to international law. But we resolutely oppose any country's damaging China's sovereignty and security interests in the name of that freedom of navigation and overflight.
[Source: People's Network 人民网 on October 27, 2015]