CCTV news: in April 12th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a regular press conference, and spokesman Lu Kang presided over the meeting and answered questions from reporters.
Q: The US Vespa is conducting military exercises with the Philippines in the South China Sea. How does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs respond to this?
A: Ive already answered this question. Maybe you werent there that day. The South China Sea has nothing to do with it. Relevant direct parties in the region have been resolving or controlling their differences through friendly consultation. Countries in the region are working together to maintain peace and stability in the region. The South China Sea has been calm, and we hope that foreign forces will not make waves.
At a press conference on November 11, foreign media asked questions. Recently, Philippine officials said that the South China Sea is Philippine. China has seized the South China Sea and the Philippines wants to recapture the South China Sea. There is nothing about China in the Philippinesexclusive economic zone.
Lu Kang said that China noticed Philippine officials remarks. The Nansha Islands are Chinese territory, and we have sufficient historical and legal basis for the sovereignty of the Nansha Islands. For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in the relevant waters of the South China Sea, and their rights can not be challenged.
China has always advocated a negotiated settlement of disputes in the South China Sea with the directly concerned parties, including the Philippines, and is committed to jointly safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea with the regional countries. With the concern of the leaders of the two countries, China and Philippines have returned to the right track of properly handling and resolving relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation. At present, the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable, and positive progress has been made in the consultation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. Sino-Philippine relations have gone through transition, consolidation and upgrading, and entered into a comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship. This good situation is hard-won and deserves to be cherished. It is hoped that the Philippine side, together with China, will properly handle the South China Sea issue, maintain peace and tranquility at sea and better benefit the people of both countries.
We hope that the Philippine side will continue to work with China to adhere to the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries on properly handling the South China Sea issue and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea.
Source of this article: CCTV News Mobile Network Responsible Editor: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331