China to India: A third party should not be involve in South China Sea disputes

China reacted to India and United State’s position regarding South China Sea where India, for the first time, made a statement regarding South China Sea.

“The disputes over the South China Sea should be worked out by sovereign countries directly concerned through friendly consultations and negotiations. A third party should not involve itself in relevant issues,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei told media in a regular press briefing.

Last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States. After a bilateral meeting between top leaders, President Barack Obama and PM Modi released a joint statement.

“The leaders expressed concern about rising tensions over maritime territorial disputes, and affirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea,” says in the joint statement.

China has been claiming virtually the entire South China Sea including Kalayaan Group of Islands in West Philippine Sea. It is currently doing reclamation activities in disputed maritime territories.