14 Jun '11, 8am

China says will not use force in South China Sea

BEIJING- China on Tuesday pledged not to resort to the use of force in the tense South China Sea, as neighbours with rival border claims stepped up their complaints over Beijing's assertive maritime posture. Beijing called for more dialogue to resolve the long-standing territorial disputes in the area after the Philippines sought help from the United States and Vietnam staged live-fire military exercises in a show of military strength. "We will not resort to the use of force or the threat of force," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. "We hope relevant countries will do more for peace and stability in the region." Tensions between China and other rival claimants to the strategically vital South China Sea -- home to two potentially oil-rich archipelagos, the Paracels and Spratlys -- have escalated in recent weeks. The Philippines and Vietnam in parti...

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