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POSTED | 11:54 AM | 21-03-2015

China state media tells US to stop ‘kibitzing’

Chinese state media turned to Yiddish on Saturday (21 March 2015) in the war of words over territorial disputes, criticizing the United States as a “kibitzer” for what it called meddling in the South China Sea issue, AFP reported.

A commentary published in English by the official Xinhua news agency was headlined “America the Kibitzer” -- which refers to an onlooker who gives unwanted advice -- in this case regarding the South China Sea.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, a position that conflicts with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as with Taiwan.

US officials have called for a multilateral agreement to end all actions that risk further inflaming tensions in the region, which includes US allies.

The commentary followed remarks by Commander of the US Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Robert Thomas, calling for patrols of the South China Sea as well as US senators urging a strategy to deal with China’s land reclamation in the disputed region.

Thomas this week called on Southeast Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea, Bloomberg News reported.

“If ASEAN members were to take the lead in organizing something along those lines, trust me, the US 7th Fleet would be ready to support,” Bloomberg quoted Thomas as saying.

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