S China Sea video plays in Times Square

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By NIU YUE in New York

A three-minute video pro­mot­ing China’s his­tor­i­cal role and stand­ing in the South China Sea is play­ing in Times Square.

The video, dis­played high above 2 Times Square, show­cases the beauty of South China Sea and the Nan­hai Zhu­dao.

The video also de­tails the his­tory of the re­gion and stresses that China is the first to have dis­cov­ered, named, ex­plored and ex­ploited the is­lands and rel­e­vant wa­ters.

“Whether in terms of his­tor­i­cal or le­gal per­spec­tive, China is the only true owner of the Nan­sha Is­lands,” Wu Shi­cun, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of South China Sea Stud­ies, says in the video.

Be­sides Wu, the film also features other Chi­nese and for­eign ex­perts, in­clud­ing John Ross, for­mer pol­icy di­rec­tor of Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Pol­icy of Lon­don, and Cather­ine West, shadow sec­re­tary of state and for­eign af­fairs of the Bri­tish La­bor Party.

The video de­scribes China’s in­dis­putable sovereignty over Nan­hai Zhu­dao (the South China Sea is­lands), say­ing it has his­tor­i­cal and le­gal bases and dis­putes the uni­lat­er­ally ini­ti­ated ar­bi­tra­tion by the Philip­pines.

“Most of my US class­mates and pro­fes­sors agree that the ar­bi­tral tri­bunal (at The Hague) does not have ju­ris­dic­tion over this case,” said Du Zi­wei, a law stu­dent from China who is tak­ing sum­mer classes at Columbia Univer­sity in New York. “As we are all law stu­dents, the South China Sea dis­putes have been a heated topic among us. And I’m very moved to see this video, which shows our coun­try’s ef­fort on in­tro­duc­ing and ex­plain­ing to the world its po­si­tion on this issue,” Du said.

The video sup­ports China’s dual-track ap­proach, which ar­gues that rel­e­vant dis­putes should be solved through friendly con­sul­ta­tions and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the states di­rectly con­cerned; and peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea should be jointly main­tained by China and ASEAN coun­tries.

“I feel ed­u­cated about the issue af­ter see­ing the clip, es­pe­cially about China’s stand­point,” said Pa­trick Joyce, a Bos­ton pho­tog­ra­pher vis­it­ing New York. “It’s a good de­ci­sion for the coun­try to try re­solv­ing the dis­pute peace­fully, and I ap­pre­ci­ate the US’ de­ci­sion to re­main im­par­tial on this issue.”

US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said on Mon­day that the US would not take a po­si­tion on the July 12 ar­bi­tral rul­ing in the Philip­pines’ fa­vor in his meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi at the ASEAN for­eign min­is­ters’ meet­ing.

JUDY ZHU AND NANCY KONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Clock­wise from left: A pub­lic­ity video of the South China Sea is shown in Times Square, New York City on Tues­day. The video shows the beauty of South China Sea. Chi­nese stu­dents at Columbia Univer­sity take pho­tos of the video.

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