China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China SeaBy Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $ 5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.



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