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China expresses displeasure over MSDF’s navigation in South China Sea

By Higa Seita

 

BEIJING – At a regular press conference on Jan. 13, Deputy Director-General Wang Wenbin of the Information Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on the news that Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyers have sailed multiple times near the artificial islands and reefs claimed by China in the South China Sea since spring 2021. He expressed displeasure, saying, “We hope the countries involved will not undermine regional peace and stability.” (Abridged)

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