China rejects US concerns over South China Sea issue

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China rejects US concerns over South China Sea issue

PHOTO XINHUA PHNOM PENH Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi refuted the so-called concerns that the United States has expressed over the issue, and expounded on China's position on the South China Sea issue.

Xiang said China's position on the South China Sea issue is supported by abundant historical and legal basis.

Wang said that China and the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN have been committed to handling their differences through bilateral consultation and negotiations based on the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and has never changed the basis and scope of its position.

Over the years, China and the ASEAN countries have worked together to maintain the stability in the South China Sea, providing a stable environment for development and prosperity, Wang said. At present, the biggest risk to peace and stability in the South China Sea is the inappropriate intervention and frequent interference by major countries outside the region.

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For a long time, the US side had not raised any objections to China's sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea, saying it does not take a position on the sovereignty of the islands there, and now it has turned to total negation of China's position, stressing that it is baseless in terms of logic, law and justice.

What is the credibility of a major country if it changes its policies so arbitrarily according to its own political needs? Wang said something.

In recent years, an increasing number of US warships and aircraft have been heading for the South China Sea. China and other coastal countries couldn't help but wonder what the US side is going to do? Wang said something.

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Countries outside the region should abide by their duty and faithfully respect regional countries' efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, he said.

The Chinese side and the ASEAN countries are now speeding up the consultation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and will join forces to improve the DOC and set effective regional rules with practical significance, Wang said.