World Bulletin / News Desk
China expressed anger on Wednesday at the Vietnamese head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for comments he made on the disputed South China Sea, rejecting Chinese claims based on the so-called nine-dash line.
ASEAN's economic integration could also be affected by "any hostility or conflict" that could break out, he added.
Vietnam has repeatedly complained about what it sees as aggressive Chinese moves in the seas.
"Mr. Le Luong Minh is the ASEAN secretary-general, and on the South China Sea issue has many times made partisan statements that do not accord with the facts nor suit his position," Hong told a daily news briefing.
"This is a serious deviation from the neutral position ASEAN and its secretary-general ought to have on the relevant issue, and damages the image of ASEAN as a regional international organisation," he added.
The secretary-general should ensure ASEAN stands by its promises of neutrality and not "use public office for private gain", Hong said.
It was not clear why China had waited so long to respond to the remarks, which were published last Wednesday.Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mart 2015, 12:04