China says Pompeo's South China Sea illegal claim 'unjustified'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 14 2020 11:02 AM

This photo taken on June 7, 2014 shows a man preparing to anchor his fishing boat in Macarascas, near the mouth of the South China Sea at Ulugan Bay off Puerto Princesa on Palawan island. Ulugan Bay, with a coastline partly concealed by thick mangrove forests, is at the centre of the Philippine military's efforts to shore up the defence of contested South China Sea islands and waters. Ted Aljibe, AFP PHOTO

WASHINGTON — Beijing hit back Tuesday at the US branding of Chinese pursuits in the South China Sea as illegal, saying the accusation was "unjustified' and a bid to sabotage regional peace.

"We advise the US side to earnestly honor its commitment of not taking sides on the issue of territorial sovereignty, respect regional countries’ efforts for a peaceful and stable South China Sea and stop its attempts to disrupt and sabotage regional peace and stability," the Chinese embassy in Washington said in a statement.

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