It's "totally ungrounded" to assume that China is expanding its presence in the South China Sea during the COVID-19 pandemic, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.
The Chinese military opposes foreign powers bolstering their naval presence in the South China Sea, calling the actions detrimental to regional peace and stability, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday said Vietnam has no right to comment on China's summer fishing moratorium in the South China Sea waters since the measure belongs to China's administrative rights.
The summer fishing moratorium started Friday noon in the waters north to 12 degrees north latitude of the South China Sea, with the coast guard and fishery authorities launching law enforcement work.
The Chinese military opposes foreign powers bolstering their naval presence in the South China Sea, actions that are detrimental to regional peace and stability.
China on Tuesday condemned trespassing by a United States warship in China's territorial waters and urged Washington to cease military operations detrimental to regional security, peace and stability.
Vietnam has sent diplomatic notes to the United Nations, asserting that it has sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over Xisha Qundao and Nansha Qundao, and their relevant maritime zones, in the South China Sea.