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China asks Philippines to cease all provocative acts

Last Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 17:18

Beijing: China, flexing its muscles over the simmering South China Sea dispute, on Friday asked the Philippines to cease all provocative acts and said the seizure of a reef by the country`s marines was unacceptable.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here that China`s determination and will to safeguard its national sovereignty is unswerving.

Hua`s comments came after a Philippine security official said on Wednesday that the country had deployed a fresh batch of marines and supplies to Ren`ai Reef.
China has indisputable sovereignty over the disputed Islands and its surrounding waters, which include Ren`ai Reef, she said.

Hua urged the Philippines to cease all provocative acts and work together with China to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.

China`s claims that most of the South China Sea belonged to it. Beijing`s claim is disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei besides Taiwan.

First Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 - 17:17

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