China tells Australia, US not to play up issue in West Philippine Sea

The Chinese government told United States and Australia not to play up the issue in West Philippine Sea. This is after US and Australian defense, state and foreign affairs secretaries said that China should live up with its commitment of not militarizing the Spratly Islands and defuse tensions associated with its land reclamation program.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said China hopes “that relevant countries could stop playing up the issue of South China Sea, make good on their commitment of not taking sides on issues concerning territorial sovereignty.”

She added that countries should “be discreet with words and deeds, respect efforts by China and relevant regional countries in safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea, and play a constructive role to that end.”