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US accusations groundless
Publication Date : 13-01-2014
Countries around the South China Sea should not be deceived by the United States' supposedly helping hand in the region, says a Xinhua News Agency commentary.
On Thursday, the United States again stuck its oar in the South China Sea by pointing an accusing finger at China's new fishing regulations.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing that the regulations were "provocative and potentially dangerous".
Washington's accusations are unreasonable, as China's fishing regulations are in line with international practice and aimed at strengthening the protection of fishery resources and the marine environment. The United States has similar ones.
It is not the first time Washington has meddled in this region. In the past few years, the South China Sea has become a new frontier in the US' strategic pivot to Asia.
In July 2010, Hillary Clinton, then-US Secretary of State, initiated a discussion about freedom of navigation, security and US "national interests" in the South China Sea at a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Since then, the US has poked its nose in again and again, it is resorting to the old trick of "divide and rule" first it stirs up tensions, then it steps in to pose as "mediator" or "judge" in a bid to maximise its own interests.
Countries around the South China Sea should be aware of the US' tricks, and see through its ambition to manipulate Asian affairs.
History has repeatedly proven that more often than not, the involvement of a superpower in disputed areas complicates the situation and brings tragedy to the parties concerned.
If countries around the South China Sea are under any illusions about the US' intentions and abandon the consensus and understanding that has been reached on resolving disputes in the area, they risk becoming merely pawns in the strategic game of the superpower and will pay an unnecessary price for any confrontation or friction.
Therefore, the countries concerned should demonstrate wisdom in resolving the issues in the South China Sea through direct friendly consultations, and be on guard against the US' ambitions.
It is time for Washington stopped resorting to tired old tricks and instead played a role in advancing peace and stability in the area, otherwise it will be unwelcome in the region.