China tells US to not ‘stir up trouble’ or take sides on South China Sea issue

March 20, 2024 - 10:25 AM
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A Chinese Coast Guard vessel blocks the Philippine resupply vessel Unaizah May 4, on its way to a resupply mission at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea, March 5, 2024. (Reuters/Adrian Portugal)

 China said the United States must refrain from “stirring up trouble” or taking sides on the South China Sea issue, after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made some remarks on it in the Philippines.

The Chinese embassy in Philippines said in a statement on Wednesday Blinken’s remarks “ignored facts, groundlessly accused China”.

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It also said Blinken has again “threatened China with the so-called U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty obligations”, which China firmly opposed.

— Reporting by Liz Lee and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman