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Wang Yi Holds Telephone Talks with Secretary of State John Kerry of US

On July 6, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone talks at request with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US, mainly exchanging views on maritime issues.

Wang Yi expressed that at present, China-US relations maintain a sound development momentum in general. Both sides should further focus on cooperation, properly deal with disputes and advance the construction of the new model of major-country relations between China and the US.

Wang Yi pointed out that the procedure, legal basis and evidence applicability of the so-called South China Sea arbitration case are far-fetched and full of loopholes. Therefore, the arbitration tribunal, which has clearly expanded and overstepped its power, has no jurisdiction and the verdict with no legal validity and fact basis naturally has no binding force. China's position of non-participation and non-acceptance of the arbitration in accordance with the law is precisely safeguarding international rule of law and rules as well as the authority and integrity of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is time for this arbitration farce to end.

Wang Yi noted that it is hoped that the US can abide by its commitment to not take sides on issues concerning territorial disputes, mind its words and actions and forsake any actions that will damage China's sovereignty and security interests.

Wang Yi said that no matter what the result of the South China Sea arbitration case is, China will staunchly safeguard its own territorial sovereignty and legitimate maritime interests and firmly protect peace and stability in the South China Sea region. China will continue to observe the UN Charter and basic norms of the international law and international relations stipulated in it, including respecting state sovereignty, territory integrity and the principle of solving disputes through peaceful manners, and stick to peacefully solving relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation with countries directly concerned on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with the international law.

John Kerry stated that the US understands the Chinese side for stating its position on the arbitration case. Meanwhile, it hopes that all sides can exercise restraint. The US and China share common interest in safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea, and the US supports all sides to continue to peacefully solve relevant disputes through diplomatic channels.

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