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China Critical of U.S. Senate South China Sea Resolution

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Chinese officials ‘strongly’ oppose a Monday U.S. Senate action that “condemns the use of coercion, threats, or force by naval, maritime security, or fishing vessels and military or civilian aircraft,” in the South and East China Sea, according to a Thursday report from the Xinhua news agency.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said S.Res.167 overly blamed China for ongoing disputes in the South China Sea region.

“We urge relevant U.S. senators to respect the facts and correct their mistakes so as not to make matters and the regional situation more complicated,” Chunying told Xinhua, the official press agency of the Chinese government.

The resolution outlined the rising tensions in the South China Sea over the last several years.

Currently China is in protracted disputes with the Philippines over territory off of the West coast of the Philippines near the Spratly Island chain and with the Japanese over the Senkaku Islands, which both Japan and China claim.

Recently, the Senkaku conflict inspired a video game backed by the Chinese government in which players are part of a Chinese military assault to take the islands called: Glorious Mission.

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About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.