23 Jul '11, 10am

Well that's all right then: China 'guarantees' South China Sea trade

Well that's all right then: China 'guarantees' South China Sea trade

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his counterparts from around the the Asia Pacific at a security forum in Indonesia that tensions between China and its rival claimants to the sea would not affect vital shipping trade. -- PHOTO: AFP NUSA DUA - CHINA on Saturday 'guaranteed' freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as it came under renewed US pressure over its perceived aggression in the disputed waterway. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his counterparts from around the the Asia Pacific at a security forum in Indonesia that tensions between China and its rival claimants to the sea would not affect vital shipping trade. 'What I told the summit is that freedom of navigation in this region is guaranteed,' Mr Yang said in a briefing to reporters after his speech. 'If there is no guarantee, how do we explain Asia's economy is fast developing in the world's...

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