Q: The British Defense Secretary told the Australian media that Britain would send a warship next month through the South China Sea to express rights of navigation. Does China have any comment on this?
A: We have noted relevant reports. All countries are entitled to the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea as per international law. Under the concerted efforts of China and other littoral countries in the South China Sea, there has never been any problem with the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and the situation there has been improving.
We hope that relevant parties, especially non-regional countries, could respect the efforts made by regional countries to safeguard peace and stability in the region. As I said last week, when the South China Sea is enjoying gentle breezes and calm waves, there shall not be any attempt to set winds blowing and waves rolling.