China has accused the Philippines of “harming Beijing’s sovereignty and maritime rights and interests” that complicate the South China Sea dispute.
The China Daily reported Tuesday that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei had claimed that China holds a long-term and consistent position on the South China Sea, and the position remains unchanged for centuries and is in accordance with international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
“China asks the Philippine side to stop harming China’s sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, which leads to unilateral actions that expand and complicate South China Sea disputes. The Philippine side should stop publishing irresponsible statements that do not match the facts,” Hong said.
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