原文标题：China state media accuses Clinton of ‘meddling’ in South China Sea territorial disputes
BEIJING: China’s official Xinhua news agency on Saturday accused US secretary of state Hillary Clinton of “meddling” in the South China Sea territorial disputes.
Rival claims have for decades made the resource-rich waters one of Asia’s potential military flashpoints and tensions have risen in the last year with the Philippines and Vietnam accusing China of becoming increasingly aggressive.
At an Asian security forum in Cambodia this week, Clinton called on all sides to resolve the disputes “without coercion, without intimidation, without threats and certainly without the use of force”.
Xinhua said in a commentary: “Though wary of overtly irking China, Clinton further meddled in the South China Sea issue by repeatedly highlighting America’s interests there and openly supporting individual ASEAN members’ scheme to complicate the maritime dispute.”
Divisions over members’ territorial disputes with China prevented the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from issuing its customary joint statement at the conclusion of its meeting in Cambodia on Friday.
China essentially claims the whole of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in hydrocarbons and straddles strategic shipping lanes vital to global trade.
Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia also have claims in the waters, causing regular diplomatic flare-ups.
Xinhua accused Clinton of stirring up tensions in 2010 when she said Washington had a “national interest” in the area. She had also urged that maritime rows should be settled by international law, in defiance of China’s call to handle them directly with its neighbours.
The news agency said “China’s maritime territorial sovereignty has been severely infringed this year” by the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.
“Though China always exercises restraint and insists on diplomatic solutions to the disputes, some countries keep challenging China, which certainly has something to do with US re-engagement in the region,” it said.
“Washington must understand that returning to Asia by way of militarily flexing its muscle and diplomatically intervening in bilateral disputes is wrong and short-sighted.”
consrancio (Philippines) 21 hrs ago
Shame on the Chinese Government…Take note that the whole world is watching you…
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Anup (W B) 21 hrs ago
Problem is every place of potential economic benefit is the thing of ‘national interest’ for US and that is what decides their foreign policy. After WW II, this hegemony has become all pervasive. Let us see if China can thwart it.
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Mahesh (Kerala) replies to Anup 17 hrs ago
Well the communist mentality of opposing everything that is US is still alive. The futur of the region depends on USA. Chinese hegemony is to be contained for global welfare.
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earth lover (uk) replies to Anup 19 hrs ago
USA HAS NATIONAL INTREST ALL OVER THE WORLD. They are bully, glad to see someone stand up to them.
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Pi (Us) replies to earth lover 16 hrs ago
Remember, when there was tsunami in 2004 it was USA military with its technology and capability that helped the 3 billion people who were there. The chinks were there and did not help, now there bully. Come to 1700s bully and kohimoor diamond robber ie., uk they did not help. Sorry I forgot, they do not have technology other than making stale fish and chips.
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Simon Lee (UK) replies to Pi
And when Hati had the earthquake, the US was the first country rush to take over the country’s airports and communication centres and the US troops are still there running the country…
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Pi (Us) replies to Anup 20 hrs ago
The Chinese are not thumb sucking amul baby. They invade into arunachal Pradeep and gave passports. Also in J&k. People like you love china despite how they bully.
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Raja (singapore) replies to Pi 10 hrs ago
India invaded and still occupying Sikkim. Blacker pot calling the kettle black
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Pi replies to Raja 9 hrs ago
Ching has occupied the Tibet and trying to usurp south china sea. It will not happen. Never.
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ccobby (Philippines) 21 hrs ago
It just shows that the Chinese government has no regard on the rights of other nations…imagine they’re claiming the whole South China Sea where in fact, it was only in the name (South China Sea) which they have the sole right…and thinking that they can bully smaller nations which is why they’re acting like a tyrant ruler…sintang kwela…
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Logical (Cuttack) replies to ccobby 18 hrs ago
Yes you are right, its just in the name. Probably China think the name justifies for it to control the sea. Well, Why not India controls entire INDIAN OCEAN?? its in the name too. 🙂
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Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
Shame on *hina! few dys back they were asking India not assist Vietnam in oil exploration matters and keep away from that region. It is clear *hina does not follow international maritime regulations. I am not worried about US because they change colors like Chameleonn but our Indian interest should be uppermost in our minds on behalf of our country.
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Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
South China Sea is property of world: Krishna IANS | Apr 6, 2012, 02.48PM IST is the recent news article very clearly and aptly my Foreign Minister has said, the above sentence recently in first week of april 2012. Hats off to our Foreign Minister, for his bold statement. and Every Indian in his/her heart welcomes this.
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Simon Lee (UK) replies to Dinesh Prabhakar
This is just very cheap talk! It is like saying planet earth is the property of human kind.
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free speech (Taiwan) 16 hrs ago
Chinese media? what a joke…they’re basically govt spokespersons.
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naughtyboy (kwt) 16 hrs ago
FOR GREEDY CHINA, THE WHOLE WORLD IS INSUFFICIENT .
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Wilde (The Pacific) 12 hrs ago
China wants the red flag with the yellow stars to fly above all nations! Australia has already been re-named as NEW SOUTH CHINA or NEW CHINA. This secret news has leaked out to the western nations. China prepares for Asia as well. In the high mountains of China it is accepted that the PLA still fortifies and manufactures for Maos Tse Tungs great dream of 200 million soldiers. I suggest that one day China will plan a clash with the USA in order to achieve her goal in her region. I see the American Homeland as under threat even today. May America NEVER go to sleep.
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Wilde (The Pacific) 12 hrs ago
We in the South Pacific are very concerned! May America and the UK hear our cry for help! Both have many interests in Australia. We have much coal and iron ore and China has her eyes on us. We do not want to become a NEW SOUTH CHINA and we do not want the PLA to conquer our women. If Australias falls the PLA will use Australia as a ‘manufacturing base’ for Asia and Africa and they will conquer Antarctica. We will not eat Maos little red book! No ‘Red Dawn’ please!
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China is the country to watch. What is growing is not just its per capita or it’s economy but also it’s military capability and strength. This is part of the plan to control countries in the south east as well as take control of all the islands in south China sea. It is going to happen that China is going to gobble up all the islands in the south China sea and control international waterways and claim all the oil and gas for itself. China’s expansionist goals are in all directions including India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Russia and Phillipines. China is Germany in the making during the Nazi regime. India though strong militarily, is very poor in decision making politically and militarily coupled with a shaky government and an inept system.
There are some basic facts that China should remember. South China Sea is not a national lake of China: it is international waters where every country has the right of passage. Besides, the neighbouring countries all have legitimate claim to the use of the resources of South China Sea. Secondly, USA is a world power, which China still is not. Therefore, USA’s interests are also worldwide. It depends on the US to decide how much interest it can take in which part of the world. Now, if some Southeast Asian nations wish to have the US as a power that could redress the balance with China, then this is something that will happen as a matter of course. There is no point in calling things “wrong and short-sighted”. Quite to the contrary, China itself has been overbearing towards all its neighbours, big and small, and several of them have unpleasant memories of their past interactions with China. India’s own memories are not too pleasant either. Now, if Mrs Clinton advised caution and made a plea for moderation and peaceful resolution of disputes, what was there in it to which China could take umbrage? In fact, it is China that should learn to behave sensibly and not in a supercilious manner towards its neighbours and others. China should not behave and act like an upstart. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 15 July 2012, 1117 IST