China dis­misses Pen­tagon nav­i­ga­tion free­dom re­port

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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

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