China on south China sea issue: navigation freedom 'never a problem'

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Added On June 7, 2016

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman says freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been a problem.

 
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Sunday that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been a problem.
 
She also accused certain countries of playing up tensions and attempting to drive a wedge between nations in the region. 
 
Their real intention, she said, is to create an excuse for intervening in the South China Sea issue politically and militarily. 
 
The remarks came one day after U.S. defence chief Ashton Carter said during a security policy forum in Singapore that countries have been voicing concerns over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
 
The Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman slammed the so-called problem in freedom of navigation a "pseudo-proposition" and urged certain countries to stop disturbing regional safety and stability under this excuse. 
 
She also said China respects freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea in accordance with international law and that the country has always been working together with countries in the region to ensure freedom of navigation.