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China rejects US interference in South Sea issues

Beijing, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) China today rejected US meddling in South Sea issues and tensions with the Philippines.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lin Jian added that military cooperation between Washington and Manila should not undermine the sovereignty and maritime interests of China, “nor be used to support the illegal claims of the Philippines”.

According to the spokesman, Beijing will continue with whatever measures it deems necessary to firmly safeguard its rights and defend peace and stability in the South China Sea.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the Philippines in the face of what he called the Chinese “provocative actions” in the South Sea.

Recently, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured that relations with Manila “are in serious difficulties” due to the fact that the Philippines “has changed its political stance, has failed to fulfill its commitments, has constantly provoked incidents in the sea and has damaged the legitimate rights” of Beijing.