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China's Defense Ministry has reiterated the country's stance on defense policy, saying it will neither seek hegemony, nor engage in military expansion.
On the South China Sea issue, the Ministry says China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the area, and the surrounding waters.
Making his public debut, China's new Defense Ministry spokesman, Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng, stated the country's stance on defense policy.
He says China has taken, and will always take, the road of peaceful development, and pursue a purely defensive national defense policy.
He adds that China will neither enter into an arms race, nor militarily threaten any other country.
In regard to the recent joint military exercise between South Korea and the US, Geng says China is deeply concerned.
Geng Yansheng, China's new Defense Ministry spokesman, said, "We urge relevant countries to maintain calm and restraint, and not to carry out activities that would aggravate the situation. We also firmly oppose any military activities by foreign warships and aircraft near China, as well as threats to our national security."
He also comments on China's own military exercises.
He denies a report saying hundreds of aircraft flew over China's eastern coastal city of Qingdao on July 26th.
As for the issue of the South China Sea, Geng says China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the area, and the surrounding waters.
He says China will push for the resolution of differences regarding the South China Sea with the individual countries involved, through dialogue and negotiation.
Geng Yansheng, China's new Defense Ministry spokesman, said, "We oppose the internationalization of the South China Sea issue, and at the same time will, in accordance with the demands of international law, respect the freedom of passage for ships or aircraft from relevant countries."
About 140 journalists from home and abroad attended the press tour in the engineering regiment building in a south Beijing suburb.