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There will never be a problem with freedom of navigation in South China Sea: Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the "Forging A Strong Partnership to Enhance Prosperity of Asia" Lecture at the National University of Singapore on Nov 7, 2015.

[SINGAPORE] There will never be a problem with freedom of maritime navigation or overland flights in the South China Sea, pledged Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday.

Delivering a Singapore Lecture as part of his official state visit to the Republic, Mr Xi said that the "starting point and ultimate purpose" of China's policy in the South China Sea is the maintenance of peace and stability, adding that a stable environment for development is the "common interest of all Asian countries". "There has been no problem with maritime navigation or overland flights, nor will there ever be in the future." China is involved in long-standing disputes with several countries, including four Asean member states, over territory in the South China Sea.

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