If there’s someone or something to be blamed over the increasing tension in the South China Sea that has reached to an unprecedented level, it’s the United States and not China, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang puts the blame on the Americans over the conflict in the region that has peaked to a level that the world has not seen before. He said it’s the U.S that militarized the region, which has significantly caused chaos and instability in the region.
China has always been a believer of a peaceful way of resolving the matter with the individual countries with existing claims over the vast maritime zone, Wang said in an exclusive interview with the Aljazeera. But the U.S insisted that China should heed international tribunal that hears a territorial dispute filed by the Philippines over a portion of the highly contested territory.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, the Philippines has lodged a territorial dispute against China before the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. While the court is likely to hand down the much-awaited decision in the coming weeks, China already signified that it has no intentions of heeding the court’s decision, whatever it might turn out.
“The South China Sea is originally peaceful and stable. As for the disputes left over from history over some specific islands and reefs, China is committed to seeking proper, peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation even though its own rights and interests had been infringed upon. This process is still under way,” Wang told Aljazeera.
Wang added that China’s presence in the region, especially the construction of various installations and its land reclamation activities, does not, in any way, violate any international law. As for keeping military facilities in the artificial islets and other islands, he said it’s part of any country’s interest to protect its assets against potential harm.