Defense ministry spokesman responds to tensions in East and South China Seas

China Military Online
Zhang Tao

BEIJING, July 8 (ChinaMil)--China has been consistently pursuing a positive national defense policy defensive in nature rather than seeking hegemony, provoking incidents and engaging in military expansion, Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), said on July 7.

Yang made the above-mentioned remarks when he carried out an exchange on the theme of “China’s National Defense Policies” with Chinese and foreign reporters at the 92nd Press Salon held by All China Journalists Association (ACJA) on that day.

A reporter asked that “In the face of the rising tension in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, how will China response to cool down conflict once it appears under the current situation?”

“China has never been the provoker in any complex situation,” Yang replied. “Chinese military’s operations in the relevant waters are appropriate, reasonable, legitimate, professional and responsible,” he expressed, stressing that “some countries seek their own interests and try to make trouble in the South China Sea under various kinds of pretexts, which threatens the peace and stability in the region.”

“Of course, China is not afraid of these trouble makers, and the Chinese service members never fear any kind of threatening,” Yang continued. When someone comes, we should know why he comes, and we will “serve our friend with good wine and prepare a shotgun against the coming jackals,” he said humorously by quoting the lyrics of a song titled “My Motherland”.

A reporter from foreign media asked that whether China feels stronger military pressure before the upcoming arbitration outcome regarding the South China Sea claims?

Yang expressed that the arbitration case has brought pressure to the neighboring countries in the South China Sea rather than to China. The South China Sea issue can be expressed by a Chinese saying that “A wind does not cease although a tree seems still,” in which some countries including the U.S. are the winds outside the region, and it is worthwhile to ponder whether it is a spring breeze, a gentle wind, a fierce wind or a tornado, Yang explained.

“There will be peace and stability in the South China Sea when the U.S. warships and warplanes cease their provocation,” Yang believed.

Yang reiterated that China’s stance on the South China Sea issue is consistent and clear that China will resolutely safeguard its territorial sovereignty and its legitimate maritime rights and interests, firmly maintain the peace and stability in the South China Sea region and continuously insist on the settlement of disputes through consultations and negotiations among interested parties on the basis of respecting the historical facts according to the international law.

The Chinese military has the confidence and determination to safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Yang added.


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