Chinese foreign minister says situation in South China Sea "stable"

December 19, 2015 1:31 PM

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Chinese foreign minister says situation in South China Sea "stable"

BERLIN Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that the situation in the disputed South China Sea was "relatively stable" and urged countries beyond the region to help it to stay that way rather than fuelling conflict there.

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea. This week China's military carried out war games there, with warships, submarines and fighter jets simulating cruise missile strikes on ships, a Chinese newspaper said.

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