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China, U.S. Need More Mutual Trust over South China Sea

2016-06-07 08:29:47       source:The Comment

June 6, 2016


"'Countries outside should play a constructive role in this regard, not the other way around', Admiral Sun Jianguo, chief of the Chinese delegation, told the conference in Singapore on Sunday, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. Both sides have traded accusations of militarizing the strategic waterway as China continues its buildup of artificial islands and constructed airfields and lighthouses on top of some of them. However, he blamed Washington for having a 'Cold War' mentality.


'We affirm our shared commitment with the rest of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the United States that regional stability rests upon a foundation of worldwide laws, rules and norms', Coloma said over government radio.


'The vast Pacific should be a stage for cooperation, not an area for competition', he said."


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