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Wang Yi: Set Things Right for the South China Sea Issue

On July 25, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media after attending the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Vientiane, Laos.

When asked about China's opinion on the future of the South China Sea issue settlement, Wang Yi expressed that the so-called South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the former Philippine government has altered the previous effective approach of peacefully resolving disputes by parties concerned through direct dialogue and consultation, creating disturbance and unnecessary tension out of the peaceful and tranquil South China Sea. It has been proven that over the past three years, this so-called arbitration has not only failed to settle the disputes, but stirred up regional situation and damaged regional stability. It intervened the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the consultation process for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea between China and the ASEAN. Moreover, the arbitration also sank China-Philippines relations to the bottom, which clearly contradicts the interests of people in region, including the Philippine people. An ancient Chinese saying goes that it is never too late to mend. What needs to be done now is to change course, set things right and return to the correct track of the DOC.

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