China is defender of peace; South China Sea issue hyped up, say experts and officials


SINGAPORE – China has always been a defender of world peace and the South China Sea issue has been sensationalised to a certain extent by some nations in and outside of the region, experts and officials said.

Huang Jing, director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore, said there have been many crises since the Cold War, such as Libya, Egypt, Kosovo and Ukraine, and many issues have also been seen across Asia, including the Korean nuclear issue and the territorial disputes in East China Sea and South China Sea.

“However, one important fact is, all the crises with Western involvement ended up in war without any exception,” Huang told Xinhua news agency on Friday on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue. “China is the defender of world peace, not a trouble-maker.”

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