Japan should resolve East China Sea dispute through diplomacy, dialogue: China

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2016

Adm. Scott Swift also criticized China-Russia joint naval exercises planned next month in the South China Sea, saying the choice of location was not conducive to "increasing the stability within the region".

He said China should withdraw its official vessels immediately.

Ramos said he sought to improve economic and tourism links, such as by allowing "more fishing in the common fishing ground" of the Scarborough Shoal.

"The idea is to use the South China Sea as a place to save lives, not to kill people or to destroy lives", Ramos said.

Japan protested in June after it said a Chinese navy frigate sailed close to territorial waters near the islands for the first time.

China is building three types of hangars on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef.

Current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the 88-year-old Ramos to act as his special envoy to pave the way for talks with Beijing after a ruling last month by an global arbitration tribunal invalidated China's expansive territorial claims in a case put forward by the Philippines.

China's 2012 seizure of the Scarborough Shoal, denying Philippine fishermen access, was among the factors that prompted Manila to seek arbitration. He also said any decision by China to declare an air defense identification zone over the strategic water body would be "very destabilizing from a military perspective".

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Mr Cheng reiterated China's claim over the area at the meeting, he told reporters, and asked for both countries to continue to have dialogue.

Despite China's claim that it is not militarizing the disputed South China Sea, rapid construction of hangars in the Spratly Islands indicate that they are ready to deploy military aircraft to these outposts.

The most recent satellite photographs suggest a different plan.

According to a report, the existence of the aircraft hangars in the South China Sea on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands show the country could be preparing for a military deployment.

There were no military aircraft seen at the time the photos were taken.

The former Phillipine president said he believed his old friends in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as well as Guangdong, Hainan and Fujian Provinces all have links to Chinese leadership in Beijing since some of them have been elevated to China's top legislature after retirement.

Each of these hangars will have enough room to accommodate 24 fighter jets as well as larger planes, such as bomb carriers, transports and refuelers.

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