The South China Sea proves to be a tranquil sea with inherent freedom of navigation, but some countries have launched publicity campaigns to deliberately play up the South China Sea issue in support of their hegemonist military moves.
"The Japanese and American governments regard Okinawa as their 'military colony' and the Okinawan people should continue their fight to change the status quo," said Kantoku Teruya, a member of the lower house of the apanese parliament from Okinawa during an exclusive interview with Xinhua recently.
Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Okinawa in Japan's southernmost Prefecture on Sunday to express their ongoing anger at the disproportionate presence of US military personnel on the island and the crimes committed by them, in particular the brutal rape and murder of a local women by a base-linked worker recently.
Fiji and New Zealand have signed a maritime cooperation agreement, which allows the two neighbors to collaborate in the sharing of technical expertise and knowledge, the Fijian government said Friday.
China has been consistent in seeking a peaceful and negotiated solution to the South China Sea disputes, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye said in an article published Friday in one of Australia's top newspapers.
A Hong Kong legal organization has queried the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague to deal with an arbitration initiated unilaterally by the Philippines against China over the South China Sea disputes, citing the factual and legal errors of the case.