Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on January 11, 2018
Q: Yesterday, Vietnam’s Ambassador to India said that Vietnam welcomes India’s investments in oil and natural gas sector in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the South China Sea. He also said that Vietnam always welcomes port calls by Indian naval ships in the South China Sea. What are China’s comments?
A: We have no objection to the development of bilateral relations between relevant countries in our neighborhood. However, we are firmly opposed to relevant parties’ capitalizing on that to infringe upon China’s legitimate rights and interests in the South China Sea and undermine regional peace and stability.