Singapore has called on China to clarify “with more precision” the extent of its claims in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, saying its “ambiguity” has only heightened concerns in the region.
“We have repeatedly said that we think it is in China’s own interests to clarify its claims in the SCS (South China Sea) with more precision as the current ambiguity as to their extent has caused serious concerns in the international maritime community,” the Singapore Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“The recent incidents have heightened these concerns and raise serious questions in relation to the interpretation of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” the Foreign Ministry said, referring to recent reports of intrusions by Chinese vessels and aircraft into Philippine and Vietnamese territorial waters.
Singapore said it had to seek clarification from China due to what it considered an unusual number of inquiries about the visit to the island state of the Haixun-31, China’s biggest maritime surveillance vessel.
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