Beijing slams US, Japan's remarks on South China Sea

"We desire productive relationships", he said after annual discussions with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Sydney.

North Korea on Sunday denounced the new sanctions imposed two days earlier by the U.N. Security Council after Pyongyang conducted a ninth ballistic missile test this year in defiance of earlier U.N. resolutions.

The United Nations Security Council [official website] decided on Friday to expand [press release] existing sanctions placed on Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and applied those sanctions to 14 individuals and four organizations.

The U.S. and Australia have also implored the government in Beijing to respect the rule of law amid China's military buildup in the disputed South China Sea, which contains some of the world's busiest trading routes.

It said until the US and its followers make the right choices, the North's "ultra-precision and diversified Juche Rocket" will continue to thunder and skyrocket in full blast in numbers and in succession.

"China and other regional partners should also step up their efforts to help solve this security situation, which threatens not just that region, but really presents a threat to the entire world", Tillerson told reporters in Sydney after a meeting between the Australian and US foreign and defense ministers.

China can not use its economic power to dodge its worldwide responsibilities in the South China Sea and in deterring North Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Monday.

North Korea slammed the "mean" sanctions and instead vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

President Trump called the North Korean attempts to gain a nuclear arsenal an imminent threat to the United States and has repeatedly called on the north's biggest ally to do more to stop their nuclear testing.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday voiced support for the unanimous United Nations decision and called on North Korea to refrain from repeated nuclear tests and missile launches.

North Korea and its nuclear weapons programme pose a "threat to us all", US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, calling on the global community to work together on the issue.

Hua also reaffirmed China's "clear and coherent" position on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) issue, urging relevant countries to immediately stop the deployment of THAAD.

China and Japan both claim islands in the East China Sea.

The North says it needs nuclear weapons to forestall the threat of USA attack.

"China firmly opposes close-in surveillance conducted by military aircraft and vessels in the adjacent waters and airspace of the Chinese islands, and such military activities do not fall into the category of freedom of navigation", He Lei said.

"There is a lot more between (China) and the United States than just two issues". "We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo".

China has reclaimed thousands of acres of land on reefs in the South China Sea, adding airstrips, lighthouses and port facilities to better project influence over the waterway.

  • Zachary Reyes