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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Joint Communique of 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting

2015-08-08

Q: The 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued a joint communique, in which the South China Sea issue is included. Does China have any comment on this?

A: The Chinese side has taken note of the joint communique. Foreign Minister Wang Yi has elaborated on China’s position concerning issues mentioned in it while attending the foreign ministers’ meetings of East Asia Cooperation in Kuala Lumpur. I'd like to underscore that the Chinese side is committed to resolving relevant maritime disputes through negotiation and consultation with countries directly concerned based on historical facts and pursuant to international law, and jointly safeguarding peace and stability of the South China Sea with ASEAN countries. The Chinese side is ready to work together with ASEAN countries to forge consensus, deepen cooperation, manage disputes and build the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.

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