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Beijing vows to maintain peace in South China Sea


Fielding the press: Wang greeting reporters at the press conference on the sidelines of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. — Xinhua

Fielding the press: Wang greeting reporters at the press conference on the sidelines of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. — Xinhua

Beijing: China always firmly and consistently deals with the South China Sea issue by taking into account the interests of its people, the facts of history, the regional peace and the international law, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

China’s determination to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea was unshakeable and sincere, Wang said at a press conference for the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress yesterday.

“The situation in South China Sea is getting better. China and Asean countries have reached a consensus on maintaining the hard-won tranquillity by making the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea,” the minister said.

China and Asean countries had conducted the first round of consultation about the COC text and had made positive progress, he said, adding that the two sides agreed to conduct at least three rounds of consultations this year.

“There are challenges,” he added, noting that some outside forces were trying to stir up trouble by sending aircrafts and vessels to the sea to show off their military power.

China and Asean countries would broaden cooperation, prevent interference and overcome challenges, and speed up the consultation and explore a cooperation mechanism with coastal countries for the peace and cooperation in the South China Sea, he said. — China Daily/Asia News Network

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