BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Military authorities are considering establishing a presence in the city of Sansha, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday.
Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said during a regular press conference that China may set up local military command organs in the city according to relevant regulations.
The State Council, or China's cabinet, has approved the establishment of the prefectural-level city of Sansha to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea, while the government seat will be stationed on Yongxing Island, part of the Xisha Islands, according to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The council has abolished a county-level administration office for the islands that was previously stationed on Yongxing Island.
BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday that China opposes any military provocation committed by Vietnam as a result of the country's air patrols over China's Nansha Islands.
"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters, and opposes any military provocation," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said during a regular press conference. Full story
BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A Defense Ministry spokesman on Thursday said that the United States' reinforcement of military deployment in the Asia-Pacific is not conducive to security and mutual trust in the region. Full story
BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- China's Defense Ministry on Thursday vowed to safeguard the country's maritime rights.
"Chinese armed forces shoulder the mission of safeguarding the country's sovereign security, territorial integrity and maritime rights," Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said at a monthly news briefing in response to a question about the Huangyan Island incident, which occurred in April in the South China Sea. Full story
BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for China's Defense Ministry said here Thursday that relevant countries intentionally strengthened military alliances by holding joint military exercises, which went against regional peace and stability.
Spokesman Geng Yansheng made the remarks at a press briefing when asked to comment on the military exercises recently conducted by the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK). Full story