Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a press conference on China's foreign policy and foreign relations via video link on the sidelines of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2021.
China and ASEAN countries need to continue fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in order to maintain overall stability in the South China Sea, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.
The guided-missile frigate Baise (Hull 585) attached to a frigate flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command steams in waters of the South China Sea during a combat-readiness maritime patrol mission on February 16, 2021.
Hopes for peace and tranquility can often end up being shattered by someone bent on making trouble.
China firmly opposes any country creating tension and increasing its military presence in the South China Sea under the pretext of "freedom of navigation," said the Ministry of National Defense on Monday.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly disclosed earlier this month that one of her country's nuclear submarines had recently conducted a patrol through the South China Sea.
China denounced on Tuesday the frequent moves by United States warships and aircraft into the South China Sea and vowed to take steps to safeguard national sovereignty as well as peace and stability in the waters.