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China warns against South China Sea intervention as US signals tougher stance

12 January 2017

Beijing has warned the international community that any attempts to "internationalise and judicialise" the South China Sea territorial disputes will only make it harder for the issues to be resolved, but the likely next US secretary of state suggested Washington would soon take a tougher stance against China's island claims.

China's warning was issued in a security white paper released on 11 January, and published by the country's state-controlled Xinhua news agency in full.

"China resolutely opposes certain countries' provocations of regional disputes for their selfish interests," it said, without mentioning any specific names.

The white paper added that the country would "make necessary responses" to provocative actions that "infringe on China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea".

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