Breaking: China calls on EU to ‘stop sowing discord’ in South China Sea
China has called on the European Union to refrain from sowing discord in the South China Sea following recent tensions in the Whitsun Reef that is disputed between China and the Philippines.
According to media reports, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the European Union said on Saturday that the outsiders and interference by major powers were the main source of destabilization in the region.
“Destabilizing factors and security risks in the South China Sea mainly come from outside the region,” the Chinese official said.
The spokesperson pointed out that the Whitsun Reef was part of China’s Nansha Islands which were used as a common fishing ground for Chinese fishermen, adding that the territorial disputes with neighboring countries should not be used as a tool against China for international rivalry.
“The South China Sea should not become a tool for certain countries to contain and suppress China, still less a wrestling ground for major-power rivalry,” the spokesperson noted.
The comments came in response to a statement by the European Union spokesperson on Saturday, blaming China for endangering peace in the South China Sea.
The US also sides with China’s opponents in the territorial dispute and regularly dispatches warships and warplanes to the South China Sea to conduct what it calls “freedom of navigation” patrols.
US President Joe Biden has also called on US allies to mount pressure for a “coordinated approach” against China to stop its growing clout in the region.