Canada opposes military build-up in South China Sea


Canadian defense minister Harjit Sajjan has made it clear that his nation is against militarization in the South China Sea.

“Canada opposes unilateral actions that have escalated tensions in the region and undermined stability in the South China Sea. We are against the threat or use of force, large-scale land reclamation, building outposts on disputed entities and using them for military purposes in the sea,” he said.

The Canadian Minister of National Defense was speaking at the 12th South China Sea International Conference held November 16-17 in Hanoi. Vietnam calls the waterway the East Sea.

Canada supports legal, free navigation and aviation that are in line with international law, he said.

“We continue to urge all parties to comply with previous commitments, including the commitment to demilitarize the disputed entities and those made in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, or DOC, in 2002,” Sajjan said.