BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday rebuffed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks on the South China Sea issue and urged the country to be cautious in its words and deeds.
"We have noticed his remarks," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing in response to Kerry, who said on Tuesday that the United States would speak out when China took unilateral actions that raised the potential for conflict.
"We hope the relevant country will respect the efforts made by China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the South China Sea issue, strictly abide by its commitment of not taking a position, and be cautious with its words and deeds," she said.
Hua noted China always stands for a resolution of the South China Sea issue through direct negotiations among relevant countries, and keeps smooth and effective communication with ASEAN countries on the South China Sea code of conduct.
The spokeswoman urged the United States to be more helpful for the mutual trust among countries in the region and the peace and stability of the region.
Hua also slammed criticism by Japan and the Philippines on China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), urging them to stop sowing discord.
"The performance of relevant parties is enough and should be stopped. If they really care about the region's peace and stability, they should treat this objectively and fairly and stop sowing discord," Hua said.
Commentary: Kerry should send right signals in SE Asia trip
BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Maritime disputes in the South China Sea have worried many countries in the region, yet with solid efforts in the right direction, a potential regional flashpoint may turn out to be a good stepping stone to win-win cooperation.
For that to happen, regional players must first dump a zero-sum game mindset, which would close the door to any meaningful negotiation to bring back peace to the resource-rich waters. Full story
Chinese FM discusses ties, Middle East issues with Kerry over phone
BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday night on bilateral ties while exchanging views on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the Syria issue.Full Story
John Kerry's visit to Philippines broadens bilateral cooperation
MANILA, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and visiting United States Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the deepening and broadening of bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the economic and security cooperation, a senior government official said here Tuesday.
The bilateral cooperation also touches upon people-to-people ties, humanitarian assistance and disaster response and cooperation, said Philippine Presidential Communications Operations secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. Full story
Commentary: Avoid a zero-sum game in South China Sea
BEIJING, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- China has been making efforts in the past months to sort out territorial issues left from history with its Southeast Asian neighbors, including Vietnam.
So it sounded unnecessarily harsh when visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized China for its maritime policies in the South China Sea in Hanoi on Monday. Full story
China's ADIZ to improve identification: FM spokesman
BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The purpose of China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is to improve the country's capacity to identify aircraft and avoid any misjudgment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
Hong Lei made the comments at a regular press briefing when asked to provide further explanation on the newly established zone. Full story
Air force patrols of China's ADIZ legitimate: spokesman
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Planes from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force have the right to patrol in China's East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in light of the need of air defense, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday.
Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press briefing when asked to explain the purpose of the PLA Air Force's patrol in the ADIZ on Thursday. Full story
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's newly-established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) will not cause regional tension, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Friday.
"China's ADIZ over the East China Sea is not aimed at any specific country nor target. It's absolutely a measure designated to exercise the right of defense effectively," Qin told a regular press briefing. Full story