Beijing, March 10: Responding on the announcement by President of Philippines that it will lease five aircraft from Japan to patrol the South China Sea, China on Thursday warned Philippines not to challenge its sovereignty and security interests.
"We have noticed relevant media reports. China resolutely opposes the Philippines' move if it aims to challenge China's sovereignty and security interests," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said.
China also asked Japan to refrain from actions that affects regional peace and stability. “As Japan is a non-claimant country in the South China Sea dispute, China demands Japan be prudent in words and deeds and refrain from actions that jeopardize regional peace and stability, Meanwhile, China will be on high alert for Japan's actions."
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on a dual-track approach to resolve the South China Sea disputes. The directly concerned states, namely China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia, will peacefully negotiate while China and ASEAN countries work together to maintain peace and stability in the region.