China will not 'shy away' from South China Sea row: Foreign Minister
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing will "not shy away from problems" in disputed Asian waters, its foreign minister said on Thursday at a meeting between China and Southeast Asian countries.
China claims nearly all the South China Sea, even waters approaching the coasts of neighbouring countries, several of them members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), and has been increasingly assertive in promoting its claims.
The sea is strategically important, with several vital shipping routes passing through it, and is believed to be rich in resources.
At a meeting with Asean foreign ministers in the Chinese capital, Mr Wang Yi said: "We did not shy away from problems that exist.