China says South China Sea not a ‘fighting arena’ for major powers

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BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that the South China Sea is not a “safari park” for countries outside the region or a “fighting arena” for major powers to compete in.

The South China Sea issue should be handled by countries in the region themselves, Wang said in opening remarks at a virtual seminar commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Liz Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill