China is resolutely opposed to the U.S. deployment of maritime law enforcement in the South China Sea to meddle in regional affairs and disturb regional peace and stability, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.
Wang made the comments after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris offered Vietnam support to counter China in the South China Sea, including more visits by U.S. warships.
"The U.S. has so far refused to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, while claiming to uphold it," Wang said.
He further slammed Washington for arbitrarily launching military intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, while claiming to defend the interests of smaller countries.
"I think it would be much more credible if the U.S. said it was trying to maintain its hegemony and uphold its own interests," he said.