A spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in the United States on Monday said the accusation against China on the South China Sea issue is ‘completely unjustified’.
The statement that the U.S. Department of State issued earlier in the day disregards the efforts of China and ASEAN countries for peace and stability in the South China Sea.
However, it deliberately distorts the facts and international law including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), exaggerates the situation in the region and attempts to sow discord between China and other littoral countries, the spokesperson said.
"China's position on the South China Sea issue has been consistent and clear-cut," said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson noted that the situation of the South China Sea has remained peaceful and stable and is still improving.
China and other littoral countries have maintained dialogue and communication through consultation mechanisms on maritime affairs, and worked to promote cooperation over the South China Sea.
Within the framework of fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, China and ASEAN countries are advancing the consultation on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and are making visible progress, the spokesperson said.