China dismisses Pentagon navigation freedom report
crackdown on free speech in order to secure the deal.
The deal also promises to speed up talks on Turkey’s accession to the EU. Mogherini said resuming talks on Turkey’s bid to join the bloc was “the only way we can help Turkey modernise Kurds.” European Council president Donald Tusk said last week that “Europe must set clear limits to its concessions. We can negotiate money, but never our values.”
“Our powerlessness could lead to a temptation to blackmail Europe,” he has said the numbers are “once again ticking up”, possibly as smugglers get more creative. If Ankara meets its side of the agreement, the European Commission has promised to recommend next month that EU states approve visafree travel for Turks. —Agencies BEIJING—China has urged the United States to show respect for other countries’ sovereignty and security.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the statement at a regular press briefing when asked to comment on an annual freedom of navigation report released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on April 25.
According to the DoD Freedom of Navigation Report for the Fiscal Year 2015, the U.S. military conducted “freedom of navigation” operations against 13 countries and regions last year, including China, India and Indonesia.
The DoD said on its website that these operations aimed to preserve the rights, freedoms, and lawful use of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations under international law.
U.S. freedom of navigation operations last year challenged China’s claims of jurisdiction over airspace above the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) and restrictions on foreign aircraft flying through an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea, according to the report.—Xinhua