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Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 17:23

No militarization of S China Sea: China

By Agencies

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had not militarized the South China Sea in a press briefing on Wednesday.

Hua made the remarks when asked about US Defense Secretary Ash Carter's comments that US military would sail and fly wherever international law allowed, including the South China Sea.

Carter spoke after a meeting between US and Australian foreign and defense ministers at which the two countries agreed to expand defense cooperation.

"I want to point out that some countries, in a region far from their own lands, have deployed offensive weaponry on a large scale and flexed their military muscles again and again in the South China Sea," Hua said.

"This is the biggest factor in the militarization of the South China Sea. We hope the relevant countries cease hyping up the South China Sea issue and scrupulously abide by their promises not to take a position on the territorial disputes."

British and US media have reported that the US had already decided to conduct freedom-of-navigation operations inside 12 nautical mile limits around islands built by China in the South China Sea.

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