Beijing said on Tuesday it is opposed to any “intervention” in the South China Sea, apparently referring to reports that Tokyo will help Manila boost its maritime security.
“China has indisputable sovereign rights over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters, and the country opposes any military intervention in this area,” China’s Ministry of Defense spokesman Geng Yansheng told the Xinhua News Agency.
China, which is claiming ownership of almost all of the islands in the South China Sea, has an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, also known as Senkaku.
The Diaoyu islands are located in the East China Sea between Japan and China, and contains five uninhabited islands and three barren rocks.
Article written by Sara Fabunan, courtesy of Manila Standard Today.