US, China Navy chiefs set for fresh talks on South China Sea


Hainan's maritime administration said an area southeast of the island province would be closed from Monday to Thursday, but gave no details about the nature of the exercises.

China announced the drills on the second day of a visit by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, calling the South China Sea "inherent territory".

Shen pointed out that the South China Sea Islands have been China's territory since ancient times, and China's rights and interests in relevant maritime areas should not be infringed upon.

"The award is a historic win not only for the Philippines but for the worldwide community because it renews the humanity's faith in a rules-based global order", Calida said in a speech.

On this note, Adm Wu said China and the United States should implement codes of conduct and rules of engagement for aerial and naval encounters to prevent accidental clashes.

While China, on its part, had refused to take part in the worldwide court hearings and rejected outright its ruling, the Chinese government stated its willingness "to enter into provisional arrangements of a practical nature, including joint development in relevant maritime areas, in order to achieve win-win results and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea".

China, angered by the verdict, has vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty over the South China Sea and said it had the right to set up an air defence zone, after rejecting the global tribunal's ruling denying its claims to the energy-rich waters.

Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of shipping passes annually - even waters approaching the coasts of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations.

"But China consistently opposes so-called military freedom of navigation, which brings with it a military threat and which challenges and disrespects the worldwide law of the sea", Sun said. New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed not to "taunt or flaunt" the PAC ruling.

Reuters quoted a senior Chinese admiral as saying freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end in disaster. Ahead of the ASEM summit, a report from Reuters reveals China had said the South China Sea dispute can not be discussed during the summit in Mongolia.

The Hague tribunal ruled last Tuesday there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources in areas falling within its nine-dash line, which is based on a map from the 1940s.

Itu Aba Island, also known as Taiping Island, is one of many disputed islands in the South China Sea.

To legitimize its claims, China has enlarged many islets or reefs in the region and has even constructed airstrips, ports and other installations on the islands. Throughout these, nobody uttered a word with regards to South China Sea.

But at the same he said China consistently opposed "so-called military freedom of navigation" referring a number of United States military vessels passing through waters close to artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea. The comments are seen as a warning to the U.S., which has conducted such patrols close to the Chinese-held islands over the past year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.