US groups urged to sup­port sea sovereignty

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco and NIU YUE in New York

All the Chi­nese in the world should unite to de­fend China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea in re­sponse to the rul­ing by a tri­bunal at The Hague, mem­bers of three Chi­nese groups said at a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day in San Fran­cisco.

In a joint state­ment, Chi­nese for Peace­ful Uni­fi­ca­tionNorth­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Chi­nese for Peace­ful Uni­fi­ca­tion-West Amer­ica, and Com­mit­tee to Pro­mote the Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of China-San Fran­cisco said they firmly up­hold the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s stance on the is­sue and urge all Chi­nese, in­clud­ing Chi­nese over­seas and in Tai­wan, to help de­fend the na­tion’s sovereignty over the South China Sea.

The three groups are mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of China Peace­ful Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the United States and Fed­er­a­tion for the Uni­fi­ca­tion of China in Amer­ica. A to­tal of 28 af­fil­i­ated chap­ters of the two or­ga­ni­za­tions all ex­pressed their stances in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in the US on Tues­day.

The spokesper­sons for the three groups ar­gued that the rul­ing on Tues­day failed to re­spect the his­tor­i­cal facts, and the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment was right to nei­ther ac­cept nor rec­og­nize it.

“We feel an­gered and op­pose to the so-called rul­ing,” said Youyi Wu, pres­i­dent of Chi­nese for Peace­ful Uni­fi­ca­tion-West Amer­ica. “Chi­nese peo­ple’s ac­tiv­i­ties in South China Sea can be dated back to more than 2,000 years ago. Chi­nese were the first to ex­plore the re­lated wa­ters.”

He told the press con­fer­ence that the rul­ing ran counter to the his­tor­i­cal facts, and the dis­pute should be re­solved by the con­cerned par­ties.

China would not al­low the other un­re­lated coun­tries to in­ter­vene in the dis­pute, said James Lee, pres­i­dent of Chi­nese for Peace­ful Uni­fi­ca­tion-North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“We over­seas Chi­nese should sup­port the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to seek a peace­ful ap­proach to solve the dis­pute through ne­go­ti­a­tions and con­sul­ta­tions to main­tain the peace and sta­bil­ity of the South China Sea,” Lee said.

Chi­nese Coun­cil for the Promotion of Peace­ful Na­tional Re­uni­fi­ca­tion- New York is­sued a state­ment with other Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties in the New York area, ex­press­ing op­po­si­tion to the rul­ing.

“Chi­nese on the East Coast firmly sup­port the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and Chi­nese peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to­wards the dis­pute over the South China Sea, which is no ac­cep­tance and no par­tic­i­pa­tion of the ar­bi­tra­tion, no recog­ni­tion and no im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ar­bi­tra­tion award; against set­tling the South China Sea dis­pute by adopt­ing the method of ar­bi­tra­tion,” the state­ment said.

In Wash­ing­ton, the Union of Chi­nese Amer­i­can Pro­fes­sional Or­ga­ni­za­tions (UCAPO) is­sued a state­ment on Tues­day against the ar­bi­tra­tion uni­lat­er­ally ini­ti­ated by the Philip­pines, which “over China’s ob­jec­tions … abuses the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”.

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