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China says India-Singapore naval drill should not hurt other countries' interests

China says India-Singapore naval drill should not hurt other countries' interests

In December 2016, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American think-thank, cited satellite images to back claims that China was installing a weapons system on these artificial islands. Cayetano said to reporters, as reported by Reuters.

The South China Sea conflict should be resolved peacefully and a discussion on joint development and exploration in the region should include Taiwan, the island's representative to the Philippines Gary Lin (林松煥) said Friday.

Four ASEAN countries, including Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, have territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea, along with Taiwan, which is not a member of ASEAN.

China has been especially assertive in the area recently, and has not shied away from harsh diplomatic confrontation with the other claimants. "It will provide a good foundation for the next round of consultations", Mr. Liu was also quoted as telling the South China Morning Post.

China was enraged by a ruling past year from a Hague tribunal invalidating most of its South China Sea claims in a case brought by the Philippines.

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In a press briefing, Liu, who is also the head of China's delegation, explained that the draft framework "contains only the elements and not the final rules". The ruling was adamantly rejected by the Chinese government.

The next round of talks will be held in Manila later this year, it added. The announcement was made first by the Chinese foreign ministry.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said China threatened to go to war after he asserted the Southeast Asian nation's sovereignty over disputed territory.

The rocket launchers in question have the capability to discover, identify, and attack enemy combat divers. Notably, observers will be watching for any indication that the framework includes the sort of binding provisions that have always been expected but seen as unattainable given what once seemed as an unbridgeable gap between China and the forward-leaning ASEAN claimant states, including Vietnam and the Philippines under the previous government led by Benigno Aquino III.

The Defense Times report did not say when the defense system was installed, but alluded to them being a response to soaring tensions between China and Vietnam in 2014 after China sent a massive oil rig to the area near the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam.

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While Huang called the agreement "very significant progress", Ian Storey, senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, a Singapore-based think tank, described it as more of a "small step forward", based on a draft of the document agreed to in March.

Mr Duterte has been criticised for not pushing China on an global court decision that ruled largely in favour of the Philippines' claims in the South China Sea.

"Contrary to our position that right is might, China has strongly declared that it is might that will triumph what is right", Del Rosario said.

China claims nearly the entire waterway, through which about $5 trillion in goods pass every year along and also had untapped natural resources present in the region.

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