China’s pur­suit, pol­icy ob­jec­tives in South China Sea

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CFU YING, WU SHICUN hina’s pur­suit in the South China Sea has been con­sis­tently main­tained. That is to safe­guard na tional ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and main­tain re­gional peace and tran­quil­ity. China ad­heres to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and it ded­i­cates to pro­mot­ing world peace, de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion. Its be­lief and com­mit­ment are firm and un­changed. In his speech at the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of the Fifth Meet­ing of the CICA Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs on April 28 2016, the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping stated: Let me stress that China is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea. We firmly stand by our sovereignty and rights and in­ter­ests in the South China Sea, and re­main com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing dis­putes peace­fully through friendly con­sul­ta­tion and ne­go­ti­a­tion with coun­tries di­rectly con­cerned. From the con­sul­ta­tions the Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi held in re­cent months with his coun­ter­part among ASEAN coun­tries, one could also see that China’s propo­si­tion of “du­al­track” ap­proach, mean­ing dis­putes be re­solved peace­fully through ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the par­ties di­rectly con­cerned and China ASEAN coun­tries work to­gether to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea, have been well re­ceived and sup­ported. ASEAN start to re­al­ize the im­por­tance of keep­ing the sit­u­a­tion under con­trol and re­turn to the track of di­a­logue.

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