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October 26, 2020

China blasts U.S. for sending ‘wrong message’ on South China Sea disputes

China blasted the United States on Saturday for its recent public criticism and urging of diplomacy to address territorial disputes in the South China Sea, saying the U.S. statement shows “total disregard for the facts” and sends “a seriously wrong message.”The blistering statement, from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang, follows one issued the previous day by a counterpart at the U.S. State Department, CNN reports.The debate revolves around who controls islands and waters in the South China Sea. Countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines lay claim to some areas. Qin stated unequivocally Saturday that “China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and adjacent waters.”Acting U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell began his statement Friday insisting the United States does “not take a position on competing territorial claims … and (has) no territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.”

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