Chinese Premier assures users of freedom of navigation in South China Sea
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has given his assurance that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, will never be an issue.
He was speaking at the East Asia Summit in Brunei on Sunday, where he also said China would work with Asean member countries to make "positive, steady progress" in consultations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea "on the basis of consensus building".
The sea is the site of territorial disputes between China and four Asean member states, namely Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
"The freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been an issue and will never be one," Mr Li said.