Irked by India voicing its concern over the tensions in the South China Sea, China on Monday said Indian people need “not worry too much” about the issue.
“I have so many times stated China’s position on South China Sea. I wish to tell Indian people that they may not worry too much about the current situation in South China Sea (SCS),” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here today.
Hua’s remarks came in response to India voicing its “concern” over the recent developments in the South China Sea where Chinese and Vietnamese ships are locked in a tense standoff.
China’s oil rig’s attempts for oil exploration in the waters of disputed islands claimed by both countries have escalated tensions.
“We have been following with concern recent developments in the South China Sea. We believe that maintenance of peace, stability, growth and prosperity in the region is of vital interest to the international community,” a spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry had said in New Delhi last week.
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Hua said China and the Association of South East Asian Nations have made a Declaration of the Code of Conduct (DOC) for the peace and stability of the SCS.
“We hope relevant parties will work with same direction towards China and make relentless efforts to this end,” she said.
China was very critical of reactions by the US and Japan over the SCS last week.
China objected to India’s ONGC taking part in the drilling in the area specified by Vietnam which Bbeijing termed as disputed.
Both Vietnam and the Philippines together with Malaysia and Brunei have serious disputes with China in the SCS and have been pressing ASEAN to take a firm stand against Beijing on the issue.
China also objected to the Philippines arresting 11 Chinese fishermen in the disputed waters.
Talking about ASEAN leaders’ statement expressing serious concern over the tensions, Hua said the SCS issue is not a problem between China and the ASEAN countries.