Beijing’s response to territorial dispute could have negative effect


A Chinese representative’s strongly worded response to the South China Sea dispute at the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore on Sunday could have a negative effect on the issue, a Taiwanese scholar said that day.

China has tried to present itself as a peaceful country in previous talks, but its representative uttered some strong words at the conference, which came as a surprise, said Huang Chieh-cheng, an assistant professor at Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies.

Speaking at the annual meeting, Admiral Sun Jianguo, the deputy chief of the general staff in the People’s Liberation Army, rejected a demand by the United States that it stop its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.


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