January 24, 2017

Back off: China warns White House to “act cautiously” after new South China Sea comments

By Harry Krejsa

Source: VICE News

Journalist(s) David Gilbert

The Chinese government has given its most direct warning yet that it will not stand for any U.S. intervention in the South China Seas, after the White House said this week it would act to prevent a “takeover” in the region.

In a press conference in Beijing Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made it clear that Xi Jinping’s government believes the U.S. has no say over what happens in the disputed waters.

“We urge the United States to respect the facts, speak and act cautiously to avoid harming the peace and stability of the South China Sea,” Hua said. “Our actions in the South China Sea are reasonable and fair. No matter what changes happen in other countries, what they say or what they want to do, China’s resolve to protect its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea will not change.”

Read the full article at Vice News.

  • Harry Krejsa

    Bacevich Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Harry Krejsa is the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Asia-Pacific Security Program. His research areas include Chinese economic...