Wednesday, May 18, 2016

China criticizes U.S. position on the South S

China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the press relse issued last Friday (3rd) by the U.S. State Department over the South China S, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, on Saturday (4th).
The United States confirmed they would monitor the ar to "to avoid an abusive imposition of power by China towards other countries." Besides China itself, the S bathes most of Southst Asia. This question is one of the major diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Washington.
The statement "completely ignores the facts, deliberately confusing right and wrong, and sent a very wrong signal, which is not conducive to efforts to safeguard pce and stability in the South China S and the Asia-Pacific," said Qin .
The spokesman adds that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. In his statement, Qin says that China has established s in the Xisha, Nansha and Zhongsha Islands, pertaining to the province of Guangdong in 1959, to administer the three islands and their adjacent waters. "It is necessary to point out" - the statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said - "that China and the countries of the region have worked to maintain pce and stability in the South China S, and safeguard freedom of navigation and commerce in the last 20 yrs."
According to the statement of 2002, China and the countries of the Association of Southst Asian Nations (ASN) signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the S, which states that the sovereign states directly concerned should resolve their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by pceful mns and through friendly consultations and negotiations, and there should not be any movements that ld to the worsening of disputes.
For the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, it is worrying that some countries do not respect and comply with the Declaration. "This has crted difficulties for the negotiation of the of Conduct. Therefore, China, while maintaining an open attitude to the negotiation of the of Conduct with ASN countries, argues that the parties should comply strictly with the Declaration, so as to crte the necessary conditions and environment for negotiation of the of Conduct," said Qin.
The United States expressed on last Friday concerns about the growing tensions in the South China S, and criticized the establishment of a Chinese garrison in the city (island) of Sansha.
The spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, mnwhile, questions: "Why does the USA pull the wool over their eyes at the fact that certain countries opened a series of oil and gas blocks and passed national laws to appropriate the islands and the waters?
Why did the U.S. avoid talking about the thrt of warships of certain countries to Chinese fishermen and unjustified claims about the rights of Chinese sovereignty over the islands? And why did the U.S. suddenly decide to express their concerns and interfere with the issue at a time when countries in the region are improving communiion and dialogue and trying to resolve conflicts and defuse the situation? "
The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement concludes by stating that the Asia-Pacific region is a relatively stable economy in the world, an important engine for global economic recovery and that the U.S. should follow the trend of the times, respect the common aspirations of the countries of the region to maintain pce and stability and promote development, respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and give more contributions to pce and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.
Qin stressed that China and the ASN countries have established the largest free trade ar among developing countries since they began a dialogue for over 20 yrs.
China and the ASN countries have together faced the challenges of Asian the economic and financial crisis, the worldwide financial crisis, as well as natural disasters, and have made progress in cooperation in all ars. According to Qin, China attaches grt importance to friendly cooperation with ASN, supports the ASN integration process and the important role of the block on cooperation in st Asia, noting that China is rdy to work with ASN countries to eliminate disorders and promote the development of bilateral strategic partnership.
In the summit last month, ASN (Association of Southst Asian Nations) has discussed the issue, and there was no consensus to resolve the issues of sovereignty in at lst six points of the South China S.
The South China S has an annual trade of about U.S. $5 trillion and represents one of the most intense ars of maritime transport in the world.
With information from the China Daily and international acies

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