Original title: the British side said it will continue to the South China Sea "freedom of navigation" quite an ally: the foreign ministry: stop provocation.
According to the Financial Times, Britain's first maritime minister, Jones, said in an interview with the newspaper that despite the fact that Britain's freedom of navigation in the South China Sea was accused by China of "provocative acts", the British side would continue to do so. Get some action. Individual countries have different interpretations of the United Nations Convention on the law of the sea, which are different from most countries. Britain has an obligation to show its "practical support" to its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and to resist China's defiance of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. What is China's comment on this?
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Hua Chunying: We have taken note of the relevant reports and expressed our grave concern and firm opposition to the British statements mentioned in the reports. As you can see, the current situation in the South China Sea region is stabilizing and improving. China and ASEAN countries have strong will and are taking practical actions to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea region. But as you can see clearly, some countries do not want to see the South China Sea calm, but try to create trouble and incidents, trying to make the South China Sea wind and waves. The British officials you mentioned just now say that the interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by individual countries is different from that of most countries. I would like to ask the British whether it can represent most of the countries of the international community. China has been a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea since its inception. We have always adhered to the Convention. Unlike one of Britain's allies who has not yet ratified the Convention, China is not a full member of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I think what the British side should resist is precisely the practice of its allies, not the lineup of the allies.
I also want to say that there is no problem in the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. For several years, those who claim to be concerned about freedom of navigation in the South China Sea have never given any examples to prove that there is a problem with freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The actions of those under the banner of freedom of navigation are essentially coercive means of force to advance their unilateral understanding of international law, which is contrary to international law and norms.
In addition, I would like to remind the British side that the British dock lander, the Son of the Sea God, had recently entered the territorial waters of the Xisha Islands of China without authorization and had done harm to Sino-British relations. We strongly urge the British side to take seriously the concerns of the Chinese side and stop such provocations.
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