Xi Says China Will Defend Its South China Sea Sovereignty

ASIA TIMES — Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China is resolute in defending its sovereignty in the South China Sea, and believes the disputes should be settled peacefully by relevant claimants through direct talks, Xinhua said.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington

Xi said Beijing “respects and safeguards the freedom of navigation and overflight other countries are entitled to under international law”, the official news agency added.

He made the comments to U.S. President Barack Obama at a meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in Washington.

Xi’s talks with Obama were constructive. Both agreed to step up cooperation to ensure nuclear security worldwide and to do more on cyber security.

They also agreed to continue to work on a bilateral investment treaty, China’s assistant foreign minister, Zheng Zeguang, told a news briefing.

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