In a statement released around midnight, the ministry cited Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as telling the East Asia Summit on Thursday that
was not impeding freedom of
navigation in the contested waterway. Beijing
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the forum that
navigation and overflights. Kerry also said China China's construction of facilities for
"military purposes" on man-made islands in the South
China Sea was raising tensions and risked
"militarization" by other claimant states.
The Chinese statement made no mention of Kerry or his criticism at the meetings in
Kuala Lumpur, where discussion was dominated by China's creation of seven artificial islands in
the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.
But it said Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario "attacked"
China's South China Sea
policy, and received support from his Japanese counterpart.
any non-constructive words and acts which widen division, exaggerate antagonism
or create tensions," the statement cited Wang as telling the forum, which
was attended by foreign ministers from around the region. China
SPAT OVER LEGAL CASE
One diplomat inside the meeting room told Reuters that
was angered when del Rosario outlined in
detail a legal case that Manila
filed against Beijing at an international court
in . The Hague
The case, which opened last month, concerns what
Manila sees as
its right to exploit natural resources and fish in the South
has refused to take part. China
Among other things, del Rosario said
had "irreversibly" damaged the regional marine environment through
its reclamation and creation of islands in the Spratlys, according to a copy of
his speech. China
Wang told the meeting that "
cannot accept the results of any arbitration." China
Philippines did not inform the Chinese side in
advance, nor did it seek China's
consent and has initiated unilateral arbitration forcefully," Wang said,
to resolve the dispute through negotiation. Philippines
Del Rosario said the outcome of the arbitration process would contribute to a peaceful and long-term resolution of overlapping maritime jurisdictions in the
South China Sea.
Tokyo, Wang told the forum that had built up a remote island
in the Pacific called Okinotori to enforce Japanese territorial claims. Japan
"Before criticizing others,
must first take a good look at its own words and behavior," Wang said. Japan
Chinese reclamation and building work on its islands in the
China Sea were to improve living conditions and provide facilities
like lighthouses and weather stations, he added. has also said they would have
undefined military purposes. China
In separate talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday, Wang urged
Tokyo to stop "grappling with in all
"Japan should put into practice its promise that China and Japan are cooperation partners," the official Xinhua news agency cited Wang as saying.
Sino-Japanese ties have long been strained over territory in the East China Sea and over what Chinese leaders say is Japan's failure to atone for its wartime occupation of parts of China.
Japanese media said Kishida told Wang that China should refrain from unilateral gas development in the East China Sea.http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/07/15/china-accuses-manila-tokyo-joining-forces-over-south-china-sea