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By WANG QINGYUN | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated:2017-02-03 19:44Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated Chinas sovereignty over the South China Sea islands on Thursday, asking countries “outside the region” to help maintain peace in the South China Sea.When requested to respond to comments Steve Bannon, chief strategist of the White House, made more than 10 months ago that “theres no doubt” that China and the US will fight a war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, Lu said China has “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters.”China firmly safeguards its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests in the South China Sea,” the spokesman said.”Meanwhile, China is committed to maintaining peace and stability of the South China Sea together with countries in the region,” he said.”We hope countries outside the region will respect the common interests and common wishes of the regional countries, and make sure the region remains peaceful, stable and secure, which benefits all parties,” Lu added.PhotoUS Muslims protest against Donald Trumps travel banIvanka Trump celebrates festival at Chinese embassy in USWinter wonderlands around the worldQuebec mosque suspect charged with murdering six peopleChinese Lunar New Year celebrated in BelgiumFive killed in Canadian Islamic center shooting: reportMost Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Jan 16 – 22NewsmakerIvanka Trump celebrates festival at Chinese embassy in USMiss France Iris Mittenaere crowned as Miss UniverseSpecialPresident Xi visits Latin AmericaPremier Li visits four Eurasian countriesReporters JournalEarliest known ancestor sprouted huge family treeUS likely to remain a divided nationChina-JapanJapans defense white paper makes irresponsible accusations against ChinaChina-USBasketball game sparks China-US Tourism YearChina-EuropeGroundbreaking early photographs of Shanghai head for LondonChina-AfricaNew Zanzibar hospital funded by ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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