South China Sea


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Hua Chunying
China immediately sent naval vessels and military jets to investigate and identify, as well as warn to the vessel and ask it to leave. China will continue to take resolute measures to protect Chinese sovereign territory and maritime interests. China urges the US to conscientiously respect China's sovereign territory and security interests, conscientiously respect the efforts regional countries have made to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea, and stop these wrong
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Oct 11 2017
Wang Yi, Geng Shuang and Hua Chunying, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about South China Sea. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 87 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 119 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Wang Yi is: “If someone is still trying to make waves [in the South China Sea], they will have no support and will meet opposition from all parties. We definitely will not allow this stable situation, which has been hard to come by, to be damaged or interfered with.”.
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Michael Fallon

We hope to send a warship to the region next year. We have not finalized exactly where that deployment will take place but we won't be constrained by China from sailing through the South China Sea, . We have the right to freedom of navigation and we will exercise it. We flew RAF Typhoons through the South China Sea last October and we will exercise that right whenever we next have the opportunity to do so, whenever we have ships or planes in the

Geng Shuang

Certain countries' so-called renaming is totally meaningless. We hope the relevant country can meet China halfway and properly maintain the present good situation in the South China Sea region, which has not come

Guo Yu - Verisk Maplecroft

Washington's recent moves in South China Sea, plans for steel tariffs and the rubber-stamping of an arms sale to Taiwan indicate that Trump is shifting toward a more hard-line approach on

Chris Patten

On the whole, we have continued to operate under the delusion that unless you bow low enough you will never do any business in China. I think we should be much firmer in standing up to China on some of these issues. Why should the Chinese tell … a western political leader whether or not he or she can meet the Dalai Lama? … Why should anybody in China be allowed to scold us for saying too much about turning atolls and reefs in the South China Sea into military bases?feedback

Hong Hiep

As Vietnam tries to achieve its economic growth targets, it is planning to exploit more oil from the South China Sea. As such, the chance for confrontation at sea may also

Rex W. Tillerson

We desire productive relations. But we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North

Hua Chunying

China is resolutely opposed to this and urges the concerned parties to stop issuing irresponsible remarks and fully respect the efforts of the countries in the region to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and play a constructive role in this

Rex W. Tillerson

Countering violent extremism, stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, shutting down propaganda arms online remains a shared goal for both the United States and Australia. We desire productive relationships, but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarising islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North Korea. They must recognise that, with a role as a growing economic and trading power comes security responsibilities as

David Helvey

We'll continue to support that diplomatic effort until we're told otherwise. Our concern in the South China Sea certainly hasn't diminished. We would oppose any action that would infringe upon the fundamental principle of freedom of

Bryce Boland - FireEye

This is presumably in order to gain access to information about military preparation and understanding how the organizations within the government operate in order to be better prepared in case of potentially military conflict. There are overlapping claims between Vietnam and the Philippines over some islands in the South China Sea and it is quite likely that intelligence gathering is starting around that. We believe all of the activities of APT32 are aligned to the interests of the Vietnamese

Jeff Davis - Navy

We operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. We operate in accordance with international law. It's not about one country. It's not about one body of water. Unfortunately, I think the public narrative has made it about China and the South China Sea. It's not that. It's about asserting international rights to navigate in waters that international law accepts, and these are rights and benefits that benefit all countries on Earth, to include

Harry Harris

Washington "will not allow the shared domains to be closed down unilaterally -- no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China

Roilo Golez

It might embolden them to advance some more in their South China Sea master

Harry Harris

We should encourage China and be appreciative of what they are doing with regards to North Korea and we should also be willing to criticize them for their aggressiveness and coerciveness in the South China Sea. The weapons that North Korea would put against the Carl Vinson strike group are easily defended by the capabilities resident in that strike group. If it flies it will die, if it's flying against the Carl Vinson strike

Amy Searight

The region very much wants to know where the United States is going to stand on the South China Sea, and more broadly what its approach to China is going to

Mark Seddon

After Kim Jong-un’s failed missile test and the US president’s cosying up to China, this is the west’s chance to reset negotiations for a nuclear-free South China Sea. The world can afford a sigh of relief after news that North Korea’s latest attempt to launch a long-range missile has once again led to embarrassing failure. With Mike Pence, the US vice-president, in Seoul, could this be a moment for some realpolitik from the United States?feedback

Du Jiarui

President Trump is not a person who behaves according to the rules. There are still some potential risks over the South China Sea and trade issues, and I do hope the two governments can handle these issues

Harry Kazianis

For both sides, they are going to want a successful summit and that is what we're going to see. One of the reasons why this summit is so important and it needs to go on very well is that both sides have so many pressure points between them whether it's about the South China Sea, Taiwan, East China Sea, North Korea and now trade. This is a relationship that both sides want to get right and it's important to really see what compromises and strategies both sides are going to

Geng Shuang

The Liaoning aircraft carrier group in the South China Sea is carrying out scientific research and training, in accordance with plans…The purpose is to test the performance of weapons and

Gary Ross

China's continued construction in the South China Sea is part of a growing body of evidence that they continue to take unilateral actions which are increasing tensions in the region and are counterproductive to the peaceful resolution of

Max Baucus

The best thing to deal with South China Sea issue is to bring back the TPP, repackage it, change it, call it Trump PP – whatever it takes to show to Asian countries, especially Southeast Asian countries and Japan, that we are present and we are part of the

Max Baucus

There's nothing more important than resurrecting, bringing back the TPP. That's probably the best economic complement we can come up with in the U.S. to deal with South China Sea issues (involving) China. China is going to fill that void, there is no question (about it) with their RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and with all the things they are

Wang Yi

If someone is still trying to make waves [in the South China Sea], they will have no support and will meet opposition from all parties. We definitely will not allow this stable situation, which has been hard to come by, to be damaged or interfered

Fu Ying

American actions in the South China Sea have a definite significance in terms of which way the winds

Teng Jianqun

I don't think the US will compromise on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, while China is trying to become a maritime

Wang Guoqing

Though peace reigns over the land, the stupid people create trouble for themselves. As the world's largest trader and the country with the most coastline along the South China Sea, we care about the safety and freedom of navigation more than any other

Ren Guoqiang

China hopes the U.S. earnestly respects the sovereignty and security concerns of countries in the region, and earnestly respects the efforts of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. Of course, we also respect freedom of navigation and overflight for all countries in the South China Sea in accordance with international law. We hope the actions of the U.S. side can contribute positive energy towards this good situation, and not the

Chas Freeman

There is a tendency here in Washington to imagine that it's all about us, but we are not a claimant in the South China Sea. We are not going to challenge China's possession of any of these land features in my judgment. If that's going to happen, it's going to be done by the Vietnamese, or . . . the Filipinos . . . or the Malaysians, who are the three counter-claimants of

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

Safe-haven, tensions between Japan and China regarding the South China Sea, those sorts of issues will keep the yen pretty well-bid but going into this meeting it's going to be very

Wang Yi

This includes the Nansha Islands. In 1946, the then Chinese government, with help from the United States, openly and in accordance with the law took back the Nansha Islands and reefs that Japan had occupied, and resumed exercising sovereignty. Afterwards, certain countries around China used illegal methods to occupy some of the Nansha islands and reefs, and it's this that created the so-called South China Sea

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We have watched in the South China Sea as China has shredded the trust of nations in the region, apparently trying to have veto authority over the security and economic conditions of neighboring states. If we have a dispute, we take them to arbitration -- we don't settle them by military

Rodrigo Duterte

Our air and naval capability to cover these disputed areas are less than 50 percent, so we need our allies to help and inform us about developments in the South China

Chen Shuaifu

Trump was born in year of the dog. The Year of the Rooster will be difficult for him. He might be forced to resign if the worst case scenarios happen. China and the U.S. may have conflicts on trade, the South China Sea, and North

Paul Burton - IHS

This year, expect more of an emphasis on naval power projection capabilities, given ongoing uncertainty in the South China Sea. Double digit nominal growth in defense expenditure is expected to be sustained over the next five years barring a major deterioration in the economic or fiscal

Bonnie Glaser

Both Tillerson and Spicer seem to be trying to show China that the Trump administration will adopt a tougher approach on the South China Sea, but it's evident that they haven't yet developed a

Robin Niblett - Chatham House

Donald Trump has pointed out that China is one of the main threats to America. If America pushes back militarily (in the South China Sea), as has been stated (suggested) by some, then China, which feels insecure internally, tries to push back – you could have an accidental spark up of some conflict between the two of them. That would have devastating implications economically, as well as

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

But certainly that policy is on the table if China doesn't also come to the table and work with us on trade, work with us on the South China Sea and what's happening

Zha Daojiong

This does not bode well at all ... and it means that the continued war drums from America on the South China Sea would not help matters at

Shinzo Abe

The issue of the South China Sea is linked directly to regional peace and stability, and is of concern to the entire international

Kotaro Tamura - Milken Institute

(The visit) is very important but that's not enough because (there will be) a new president in a few weeks and his policy is quite unpredictable. If Trump keeps escalating the situation, … (the) worst case scenario might be … something happening in the South China

Aaron L. Connelly

That would have been a very oblique way to make that point as nothing about the drone had anything to do with Taiwan, so I suspect its primarily about surveillance activities. Previous harassment of U.S. navy ships occurred much closer to the Chinese mainland but this incident took place as about 600 kilometers away, and it was even outside the Chinese nine-dash line, which Beijing has used to claim much of the South China

Michael Raska

They use the South China Sea as political, economic and informational means to project power and to influence domestic and external perception that the South China Sea is basically Chinese. This puts the U.S. and China into contending trajectories, but neither side has the strategic interest to escalate beyond these low-level

Perfecto Yasay

This notwithstanding, the Philippine government reaffirms its respect for and firm adherence to this milestone ruling and will be guided by its parameters when tackling the issue of maritime claims in the South China Sea. I also wish to reiterate what the President has stated in the past that he will not deviate from the four corners of the

Peter Cook

Registered our objection to China's unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China

Delfin Lorenzana

But if true it is a big concern for us and the international community who use the South China Sea lanes for trade. It would mean that the Chinese are militarizing the area which is not

Alexander Neill

The timing is significant in that these first clear images come amid Trump's challenging comments about China and its South China Sea

Alexander Neill

China will argue that they are entitled to place whatever they want there in reaction to U.S. actions. The big question is whether Trump will embark on a more strident or discordant policy in the South China

Ian Storey

From the outset, it's been quite obvious that the artificial islands were designed to serve as military outposts in the South China

Geng Shuang

We hope the United States can abide by its promises on not taking sides on the sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea, respect the efforts of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea region and do more to promote peace and stability

Richard C. Bush - The Brookings Institution

Whatever the current problems in the U.S.-China relationship today, our reneging on the Taiwan part of the packaged deal would not provide leverage on trade, North Korea, the South China Sea, or any of the other issues that roil the relationship. More likely, it would rattle the entire framework of the relationship, and cause Beijing to rethink its policy of seeking reunification by peaceful

Yang Jiechi

China hopes the U.S. will scrupulously abide by its promise to not take sides in relevant territorial disputes, and play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and stability in the South China

Donald J. Trump

Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?feedback

Wang Yi

This marks the return of the South China Sea issue to the correct track of resolution via dialogue and consultation, and means the conspiracies of relevant countries to use the South China Sea issue to disorder the region have been thoroughly

Zhang Baohui

Singapore has gone from being seen as a useful facilitator of U.S.-China relations to being in the vanguard of an anti-China coalition, particularly on the South China Sea. The days of Beijing comfortably seeing Singapore has vaguely neutral are over, and it is reacting

Wu Shicun

Doing so would likely mean that they would threaten China's sovereignty in the South China Sea. If she steps over these red lines, I believe China will take responsive

Geng Shuang

China's sovereignty and jurisdiction of Huangyan Island has not and will not change. We hope China and the Philippines can continue to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and make the South China Sea issue a positive factor in promoting bilateral friendship and

Guo Yu - Verisk Maplecroft

Beijing would be happy to see a drawback of U.S. military activities in the South China

Ben Moores - IHS

While it's not a game-changer it does give China a much improved operational strike capability. It gives China a modern long-range strike capability that is able to carry much heavier payloads into areas of the Pacific and South China Sea that it was previously unable to reach in an effective

Mustafa Izzuddin

China regards Malaysia as an important player in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc, and a claimant that Beijing believes it can have a more reasonable dialogue to address and resolve the South China Sea dispute, notwithstanding Malaysia's own shifting and ambiguous

Erica Downs - Eurasia Group

I think the biggest factor impacting exploration activities, or lack thereof, in the South China Sea are the low oil prices that we've seen for the past two years now – that's been big disincentive to do exploration activity there. Plus, nobody knows exactly how much energy is

Alison Evans

There is more Chinese assertion in the South China Sea and Japan has more worries it will do the same the same in the East China

Yoshihide Suga

In regard to the problem in the South China Sea, we are looking reach a diplomatic solution through co-operation between with the countries

Liu Zhenmin

The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed (to do) five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea

Liu Zhenmin

The two sides briefly mentioned the South China Sea. Both sides agreed that this issue is not the sum total of bilateral

Zhao Jianhua

A "budding bilateral friendship could boost chances of removing one of their biggest bones of contention in the South China

Li Jinming

In general, the talks between Duterte and the Chinese leaders will focus on economic aid to the Philippines and the Chinese leaders will continue to stick to the dual-track thought in handling the South China Sea

Wang Yi

China's position on the South China Sea is clear and consistent. There is no change and there will be no change. This position accords with historical facts and international

Ian Storey

Officials in Washington must now be seriously worried about the trajectory of U.S.-Philippine relations. Especially military-to-military issues such as joint exercises and U.S. access to Philippine bases, and whether Duterte will try and cut a deal with Beijing over the South China Sea that will allow China to advance its maritime

Lu Kang

Let's have a look at the results of Japan's throwing things into disorder over this same time period ... trying to confuse the South China Sea situation under the pretence of (acting for) the international

Barack Obama

We will continue to work to ensure that disputes are resolved peacefully, including in the South China

Sek Wannamethee

There is no indication at the preparatory ASEAN SOM yet as to what, if anything, the Philippines would raise at the summit regarding the South China

Xi Jinping

China will continue to firmly safeguard its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea. At the same time, it will persist in peacefully resolving disputes through consultations with parties directly

Barack Obama

Where we see them violating international rules and norms, as we have seen in some cases in the South China Sea or in some of their behaviour when it comes to economic policy, we've been very firm. And we've indicated to them that there will be

Wang Yi

Weapons have become sacred to the North Koreans and just as non-negotiable as sovereignty over the South China Sea is to the

Tom Kenny - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Clinton has been a long-term outspoken critic of China's human rights record and has been vocal in her opposition to China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. A Clinton Presidency could represent a geopolitical risk that could turn out to have adverse implications for U.S.-Sino relations, and thus have negative implications for global

Tang Siew Mun

Asean has done a commendable job in management [of] the South China Sea within the limitations that [it] operates [in].feedback

Chum Sounry

The dispute in the South China Sea is between the Philippines and China, not ASEAN and

Gregory Poling

It will have enormous impact on future jurisprudence and on the perceived legitimacy of other claims in the South China Sea and around the

Charles Jose

The ruling can serve as a foundation on which we can start the process of negotiations, which hopefully will eventually lead to the peaceful settlement of the maritime dispute in the South China

Liu Zhenmin

On whether China will set up an air defence zone over the South China Sea, what we have to make clear first is that China has the right to ... But whether we need one in the South China Sea depends on the level of threats we face. China hoped to return to bilateral talks with

Liu Zhenmin

As for whether China will declare an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, first of all we must make it clear that China has the right to do

Jiang Li - Xinhua News Agency

The former Philippine government and the United States behind it have conspired for a long time to blackmail China regarding its historic rights to the South China Sea, but to do it through a tribunal that tramples on international justice goes too

Ian Storey

This award represents a devastating legal blow to China's jurisdictional claims in the South China Sea. China will respond with fury, certainly in terms of rhetoric and possibly through more aggressive actions at

Xiao Shijun - Guodu Securities

The South China Sea ruling was expected, and is mainly a matter of face, the direct impact on the market is pretty

Paul Riechler

If the nine dash nine is illegal as applied against the Philippines as the tribunal declared today, then it is equally illegal as applied against Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and other states along the South China

John Kirby

The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea. The United States expresses its hope and expectation that both parties will comply with their obligations. In the aftermath of this important decision, we urge all claimants to avoid provocative statements or

Fumio Kishida

Japan has always insisted on the importance of the rule of law and the use of peaceful means, not the use of force and coercion. The countries concerned should submit to today's decision of the Arbitration Court. Japan hopes that, by complying with that decision of the countries concerned, the conflict over the South China Sea will be peacefully

Peter Dutton

I see no chance at all that Beijing will soften its stance in the near term, but the power of a decision such as this is in its long-term impact. Over time, this decision will inevitably be the basis for resolution of the disputes in the South China Sea. Equally inevitable is that a final resolution will be through negotiation between the parties. But I believe there will still be a long road

Mira Rapp-Hooper - Center for a New American Security

The power of international law is primarily reputational and measured in terms of legitimacy. My speculation would be that China has basically calculated that it will take some near-term, rather assertive actions in the South China Sea, and pay short-term reputation costs in exchange for what it believes to be longer-term strategic

Hong Lei

China will work with ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] countries to safeguard the peace and stability of the South China Sea. We've pointed out many times recently that as for the relevant dispute, China does not accept any decision imposed by a third party as a means of resolution, nor any solution plan that is forced upon

Malcolm Cook

Definitely if the Philippines backs away somewhat from supporting the U.S. in the South China Sea, this would be a problem for the U.S. China likes to present the U.S. as a destabilizing outsider in the South China Sea and in Asia more generally. The fewer Asian states that publicly counter this Chinese depiction, the more isolated the

Hua Chunying

The number of people supporting China rises by the day, so I have no way of giving you a precise figure. The actual number was not the most important thing. As long as you have an objective and impartial position, as long as you understand the main points of the history of the South China Sea and the essence of the so-called 'arbitration case', any unbiased country, organization or person will unhesitatingly chose China's just

Petr Pavel - NATO

Freedom of navigation in this region, through the South China Sea, is crucial for any further development in the region and it's difficult to imagine that without this freedom, there will be stability and peace in this

Shinzo Abe

As for the South China Sea, we share serious concerns over unilateral actions that raise tensions, such as large-scale reclamation, the building of facilities and militarization. It is a significant achievement that we have agreed to cooperate to secure rule-based, free, safe

Hiroshige Seko

Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe led discussion on the current situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Other G7 leaders said it is necessary for G7 to issue a clear

Hua Chunying

China is resolutely opposed to individual countries hyping up the South China Sea for personal

Ash Carter

US-Philippine joint patrols in the South China Sea promote regional militarization and undermine regional peace and stability. The Chinese military will pay very close attention to related developments, and firmly safeguard China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and

Wang Yi

In fact, based on the joint efforts of China and other regional countries, the South China Sea is currently one of the safest and freest shipping lanes in the

Alexander Feldman

What keeps us up at night is that one of the big tension areas is the South China Sea. We would like as a business community to see those differences and overlapping claims be addressed in a way that is done though discussion rather than military

Hong Lei

No cooperation between any countries should be directed at a third party. Countries from outside the area must stop pushing forward the militarization of the South China Sea, cease endangering the sovereignty and national security of littoral countries in the name of 'freedom of navigation' and harming the peace and stability of the

Fumio Kishida

We must establish a regional order whereby the principle of the rule of law is truly upheld and practiced. I would like to renew my call for the early conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China

Hong Lei

China consistently respects and supports the freedom of navigation and flyover that all countries' enjoy in the South China Sea under international law, but resolutely opposes any country using so-called 'freedom of navigation' as an excuse to damage China's sovereignty, security and maritime

Ni Lexiong

Neither the U.S. nor China desires a military conflict, but the key problem is that the core interests of both sides collide in the South China Sea. It's hard to see either side backing

Marise Payne

There have been no changes or delays to the schedule of the HMAS Arunta and HMAS Stuart since the United States activity in the South China Sea on 27 October

Hua Chunying

We believe Chinese people on both sides of the Strait have a duty to jointly protect China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests and safeguard the stability of the South China Sea

John Kerry

We have a strong interest in the manner in which the disputes of the South China Sea are addressed and in the conduct of the parties. We very much hope to see progress soon on a substantive Code of Conduct in order to ensure stability in this vital

Hishammuddin Hussein

Together with our international partners, we are now pushing further east into the South China Sea and further into the Indian Ocean. We want nothing more than to find the plane as quickly as

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