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Wang Yi: China and ASEAN are fully capable of safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea
2014/08/12

On August 10, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi refuted some countries' hyping up of the so-called tensions in the South China Sea at the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of ASEAN Regional Forum in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Wang Yi said that the current situation of the South China Sea is generally stable, and the freedom of navigation there has never seen any problems. So far, we have not heard about any ship's freedom of navigation be affected. China-ASEAN relationship maintains a sound momentum of growth. We disapprove of anyone's hyping up of the so-called tensions in the South China Sea.

Wang Yi said that China and ASEAN have enough capacity and wisdom to safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea. According to the consensus reached at this round of China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, we will continue to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and endeavor to draft the code of conduct in South China Sea based on consensus through consultation. Both sides spoke highly of this point of view and adopted it with enthusiastic applauds.

Wang Yi said that China and ASEAN can sit down and have an even-tempered discussion on relevant issues, but some countries out of the region are, on the contrary, upset and eager to play up tensions. We cannot help but wondering what are on their minds? Are they intended to cause chaos in this region as well? Countries out of the region can have their legitimate concerns, but if they come here for finger-pointing, then we are opposed to that.

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