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FM spokesperson responds to Bloomberg on certain countries outside stirring up South China Sea issue

Bloomberg: Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has complained about countries that are not party to or not part of the region interfering in questions such as the South China Sea. And just now you criticized South Korea for doing the same. What countries can actually comment on issues in the South China Sea if the Republic of Korea cannot? Previously, Japan has been criticized for doing that. The US obviously is not part of this region, according to the Chinese definition. Which countries exactly do have a right to discuss the issues in the South China Sea?

Wang Wenbin: Last week, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded to relevant questions when he met the press on the margins of the two sessions. I would like to quote Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s relevant statement here, which will help understand the situation in the South China Sea, and how to better maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that with joint efforts of China and the ASEAN countries, the South China Sea has remained peaceful and stable  in a turbulent world. It is hard-won and should be treasured by all. One of the most important experience we have drawn is that we must adhere to two principles. First, differences should be properly managed and resolved through dialogue, consultation, or negotiation between states directly involved. Second, peace at the sea should be upheld by China and ASEAN countries working together. It is also the core essence of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea signed in 2002.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also pointed out that on maritime disputes, China has been exercising a high degree of restraint. We maintain that parties should find solutions that are acceptable to each and all by working in the spirit of good-neighborliness and friendship, and on the basis of respecting historical and legal facts. But abusing such good faith should not be allowed. Distorting maritime laws cannot be accepted. In face of deliberate infringements, we will take justified actions to defend our rights in accordance with the law. In face of unwarranted provocation, we will respond with prompt and legitimate countermeasures. We also urge certain countries outside this region not to make provocations, pick sides, or stir up troubles and problems in the South China Sea.

On your question, I want to reiterate here that if certain countries truly want to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, they should respect the effort of China and relevant ASEAN countries to properly address disputes through dialogue and consultation and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, and refrain from stirring up troubles in the region. 

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