China on Wednesday rejected misinterpretations of international law on territorial disputes related to the South China Sea, saying its activities in the region were "legitimate and reasonable."
China on Wednesday rejected misinterpretations of international law on territorial disputes related to the South China Sea, saying its activities in the region were “legitimate and reasonable.”
Responding to U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement on Monday that said China should not be”throwing elbows” in the South China Sea, Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, as saying, “Even if these interpretations are not double standards, they come with ulterior motives.”
“What [international] law forbids China to conduct reasonable construction on its own islands and reefs? What law allows close reconnaissance by warships and planes of another country’s islands and reefs? What law allows the infringement of sovereignty and legitimate rights and interests in the name of freedom of navigation?” Hua asked.
She said China’s activities in the South China sea were legitimate and reasonable. China always safeguards and plays a constructive role for the international laws and rules.
“China will not violate international laws nor harm others to benefit itself. However, it will safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests,” Hua stressed.
She said she hoped relevant countries could maintain an objective and just attitude, and play a constructive role in the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.