“China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly oppose any act of hegemony in maritime affairs,” China’s Premier Li Keqiang said at a maritime summit in Greece. “Developing the oceans through cooperation has helped many nations flourish, while resorting to conflict to fight over the sea has only brought disaster for humanity.”
On the contrary, China’s Maritime Security Administration announced another four drilling platforms of China will start their operations in disputed waters of the South China Sea that may escalate growing tension with Vietnam.
“Relevant drilling platforms, including Number 9 South China Sea drilling platform, are operating within the coastal waters off China’s Guangdong Province and Hainan Province,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a press conference
“China’s Maritime Security Administration has made public these platforms’ coordinates. You can locate these coordinates on a map. China is working in its own yard,” the spokesperson added. “If someone read too much into it or give wild interpretations, then they are deliberately stirring things up.”