BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent remarks on the South China Sea issue are meant to rekindle the feud among the concerned countries in the region.
Nations in Southeast Asia should not be taken in by the US fallacy, which is detrimental to the peaceful resolution of long-standing disputes in the region.
Addressing the ASEAN Regional Forum on July 23, Clinton talked at length about the relationship between US national interests and the South China Sea issue. She went further to say that the US supports "a collaborative diplomatic process by all claimants for resolving the various territorial disputes without coercion."
It is not difficult to fathom that these seemingly impartial remarks were directed against China and intended to stir up trouble in those countries that have territorial disputes with the nation.
Clinton's stance goes against the fact that there has been consensus regarding the South China Sea issue in the region. The nations concerned have agreed to resolve the disputes peacefully through friendly consultations in the interest of peace, stability and good neighborly relations.
There is also agreement among the nations that they will exercise restraint, and not turn it into an international or multilateral issue.
It is crystal clear that the United States is attempting to coerce Southeast Asian nations into blowing out of proportion the South China Sea issue. This is a dangerous move. It will jeopardize the status quo in the region, one that is built upon peaceful coexistence.
Asian countries are fully capable of solving disputes on their own. Any meddling by foreign powers would further complicate the issue and sow the seeds of distrust among the Asian peoples.
Countries in the region should remain vigilant against US instigation. By interfering with the South China Sea matter, the US is only serving its own ulterior motives rather than championing the interests of others.