China’s Foreign Ministry urges US to respect China’s maritime rights

August 8, 2023 - 10:52 AM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shakes hands with Chinese Communist Party's foreign policy chief Wang Yi during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, July 13, 2023. (Dita Alangkara/Pool via Reuters/File Photo)

 China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it firmly opposed a US statement which it described as attacking China’s maritime rights in the South China Sea, and that the US was “blatantly” supporting the Philippines’ violation of China’s sovereignty.

—Reporting by the Beijing newsroom and Farah Master; Editing by Toby Chopra