Chinas Foreign Ministry has called in a senior US diplomat to protest against remarks by the US State Department raising concerns over tensions in the contested South China Sea,further intensifying an already fraught territorial dispute.
In a statement released late on Sunday,Chinas Foreign Ministry said Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng summoned the US Embassys Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Wang to make serious representations about the issue.
The State Department on Friday said it was monitoring the situation in the seas closely,adding that Chinas establishment of a military garrison for the area runs counter to collaborative diplomatic efforts to resolve differences and risk further escalating tensions in the region.
Beijings sovereignty claim over the huge area has set it against Vietnam and the Philippines as the three countries race to tap possibly huge oil reserves.
Zhang said the US statement disregarded the facts,confused right with wrong,sent a seriously wrong signal and did not help with efforts by relevant parties to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea or the Asia Pacific. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition,urges the US side to immediately to mend the error of its ways, he added.
The official Xinhua news agency said the US aim was to stir up trouble and drive a wedge between China and its neighbours for its own gain.
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