Questions America’s intentions, says it is creating more chaos in the region
Beijing : Beijing has accused the US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington’s proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the
region, the foreign ministry said Monday.
The remarks by Foreign Minister Wang Yi came at an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) overshadowed by disputes over the strategically significant sea.
Beijing claims it almost in its entirety, putting it at odds with countries including the Philippines and Vietnam, and there have been several tense encounters in the area over recent months.
US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared at the forum to push for a multilateral agreement to end all actions that risk further inflaming regional sensitivities.
But Wang said: “Some countries outside the region are restless, and stir up tensions… might their intention be to create chaos in the region?
“China and ASEAN are totally able to safeguard well the peace and stability of South China Sea.” His comments, posted on the foreign ministry’s website today, were aimed squarely at the US, state-run media said.
China’s official Xinhua news agency headlined its report on his comments: “China rebuffs US ‘freeze’ proposal on South China Sea.”
It said Wang repeated China’s long-standing rejection of multilateral talks over the sea, saying that “relevant disputes should be addressed by countries directly concerned”. In a commentary today, Xinhua described Washington’s proposal as “counterproductive.”