Talks vital to avoid misjudgements at sea

Rising tensions in the South China Sea. 

Talks vital to avoid misjudgements at sea

By Jin Yongming

A series of recent remarks and actions by the US has again pushed the South China Sea issue into the international spotlight. These include US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s comment that by reinforcing some islands and reefs of Nansha Islands, China is heightening tensions and instability in the region and the US Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance flights over China’s islands.

Since such remarks and actions have raised the international community’s concerns and will affect China’s diplomacy, sovereignty and security, the government should clarify its activities in the South China Sea from a legal point of view to defuse tensions.

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