The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to US officials’ remarks about the South China Sea in the East China Sea: the United States should abide by neutrality

International Online News According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on February 13, 2014, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying hosted a regular press conference. The answer to the question is as follows:

A reporter asked after the meeting: According to reports, on February 11, the White House National Security Council officials made comments on the East China Sea and South China Sea issues at the US Progress Center. What is China’s comment?

Hua Chunying said that China has made tangible contributions to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and is an important contributor to regional prosperity and development. Diaoyu Island is an inherent territory of China. It is the Japanese side that unilaterally acts to undermine the Diaoyu Islands’ shelving of the current state of controversy and continue to provoke tensions. The US-Japan security treaty is a bilateral arrangement between the United States and Japan and should not harm the interests of third parties. China has a full historical and legal basis for the sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters. No one can shake China’s determination and will to safeguard the country’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. At the same time, China has always been committed to resolving disputes through negotiations and maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea. The United States is not a party to the dispute between the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands. It should abide by neutrality, be cautious and do more things that are conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and not the other way around.

Responsible Editor: Zhou Xu

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