Beijing: Upset over US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton`s remarks on the region, China on Friday said it
did not want "internationalisation" of its territorial dispute
in the South China sea, and was in favour of resolving
Criticising remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton that Washington had a strong interest in ensuring
territorial disputes in the oil-rich South China sea resolved,
a Chinese Defence Ministry spokesperson Geng Yansheng said
Beijing opposes "internationalisation of the disputes".
China claims the entire sea and its island territories
over which it exercises complete sovereignty. However, other
nations sharing borders with the sea including Vietnam,
Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Philippines, also stake claim to
some of the islands.
"We are against the internationalisation of the South
China sea issue," Geng said at a rare news conference held at
Army premises. However, he indicated that Beijing would not
interfere with the passage of foreign ships and planes through
the area as long as they complied with international laws.
China has, however, strongly opposed moves by
Washington to send naval surveillance missions in the area,
calling them illegal.
China earlier this week had staged largescale naval
and air exercises on its south east coast as South Korea and
US conducted their biggest naval manoeuvres, which included
deployment of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, fighter planes