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Post time 2011-6-30 20:01:53 |Display all floors

Naval drills 'not linked to sea disputes'

By Ma Liyao and Cui Haipei (China Daily)
Updated: 2011-06-30 07:20


Recent Chinese naval exercises were routine and had nothing to do with the situation in the South China Sea, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Wednesday.

"We have noted media reports about the navy's training activities," Yang Yujun said at a news conference. But he asked the media not to read too much into the "normal training activities".

The People's Liberation Army recently conducted a series of exercises, including one off the southern island province of Hainan, raising speculation they were related to tension in the South China Sea.

Disputes over territory in the sea have come into the spotlight recently, with Vietnam conducting live-fire naval drills in mid-June, and the Philippines holding an 11-day joint exercise with the United States that started on Tuesday.

Both Vietnam and the Philippines have made competing claims against China over the South China Sea.

Yang said that China's position has been clear and consistent.

"China advocates a peaceful solution to disputes over the South China Sea through talks and consultations between nations directly involved," he said, adding that China has indisputable sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea and adjacent waters.

Part of the reason for tension in the region is increasing US intervention, Ma Zhengang, former Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in July last year, at an ASEAN meeting, that the US has "a national interest in freedom of navigation in the South China Sea".

The US is reasserting its influence in the region, while those countries that have competing maritime territorial claims are using the US to balance China, Ma said.

Yang said that the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been an issue despite the disputes.

"Peace and stability in the region accord with the interests of Asia-Pacific nations, including China and the US. We hope relevant nations will do more to facilitate peace and stability in the region."

On the joint naval drill between the Philippines and the US, Yang said bilateral defense cooperation should not target a third party, or compromise the interests of a third party.

Fan Jishe, a professor of American studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said US intervention "will complicate the situation in the South China Sea".

Yang also announced at the news conference that Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, will visit China next month.

The July 9-13 visit is in return for General Chen Bingde's trip to the US in May, Xinhua reported.

Yang also congratulated Leon Panetta, who is replacing Robert Gates as US defense secretary.

The visit of Mullen will "help the two countries minimize the risk of misunderstanding over the South China Sea issue", Fan said.

Yang Yujun was born in Beijing in 1970. He graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 1993

and joined the PLA the same year. Now a colonel, Yang became deputy director of the Information

Aff airs Bureau at the Ministry of National Defense and spokesperson for the ministry in April, 2010. [China Daily]

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Post time 2011-7-1 13:47:28 |Display all floors
The Spratleys are Philippino.


I once had the spratleys, but the doc gave me some pills and they cleared up after a few days

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Post time 2011-7-10 06:46:14 |Display all floors

Maritime disputes 'will not affect ties'

Updated: 2011-07-09 07:46

By Cheng Guangjin and Wu Jiao (China Daily)

Philippine minister meets with FM; paves way for visit by Aquino


China and the Philippines on Friday agreed not to let maritime disputes affect relations.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario exchanged views on the recent maritime disputes and agreed not to let disagreements affect "the broader picture of friendship and cooperation between the two countries", read a joint news release issued after the ministers' talks in Beijing.

Vice-president Xi Jinping also met with del Rosario, who came at a sensitive time when the Philippines' claim over stretches of the South China Sea is drawing ire from China.

Del Rosario's three-day trip, which ends on Saturday, has been widely speculated in the media as an effort to calm tensions and slam the brakes on an escalating dispute.

During the talks, Xi reportedly said China adheres to the path of peaceful development and sticks to the policy of building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries
"China is committed to remaining a good neighbor, a good friend and a good partner to the Philippines," Xi said, according to a press release from the foreign ministry.

Yang also added that China attaches great importance to relations with the Philippines, and hailed the visit as helpful to increasing communication and coordination in international and regional affairs.

"I believe through the efforts of both sides, your visit will help push forward the development of bilateral relations on a sound and steady track," he said, according to the official statement.

Del Rosario, on his first visit to China since taking his post, said developing ties with China is a major diplomatic task of the Philippine government, and he pledged to make joint efforts with China to push forward "healthy development of the mutually beneficial bilateral ties".

A news release from the Chinese foreign ministry said both ministers exchanged opinions on the South China Sea. They stressed the two countries will abide by the code of conduct signed by China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their joint commitment to the regional peace and stability.
Covering an area of more than 3.5 million sq km, the South China Sea is believed to hold vast deposits of oil and natural gas.

China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all lay claim to some islands and reefs in the area, with some countries having begun development of the maritime resources in disputed regions.

To solve disputes, in 2002 China and ASEAN signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, in which they pledged to jointly safeguard regional stability, cooperate in the area and resolve disputes through peaceful talks between the direct claimants.

However, tension has lingered, as some countries continue their maritime development in disputed areas.
Yang Baoyun, deputy director of Peking University's center for Southeast Asian studies, said Albert del Rosario's visit "at least helps the two sides know about each others' thoughts on sensitive issues" and "alleviate contradictions".

"China and the Philippines have kept good relations, and the South China Sea dispute, which has been intense these days, doesn't represent the whole relationship," he told China Daily.

Beijing and Manila have signed more than 100 agreements over the past 36 years of diplomatic relations, and China is the third biggest trading partner of the Philippines, with two-way investments and contracted projects growing fast.

The visit by Manila's top diplomat is also regarded as paving the way for Philippine President Benigno Aquino's visit to China, which is likely to take place in late August or early September.

Yang of Peking University said it takes time to solve problems when national interests are involved. "We need patience and peaceful negotiation while sticking to certain principles," he said, noting China has exercised restraint against provocation by some countries.

However, other experts have warned of powers outside the South China Sea region playing an important role in fueling the dispute, as some hold that the sea dispute is a starting point for the United States' back-to-Asia policy.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (right) meets visiting Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Friday. [Wu Zhiyi / China Daily]

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Post time 2011-7-10 16:05:15 |Display all floors

In negotiations, both parties must try avoiding the use of the four-letter-word at all cost!

The word: ONLY ..... is the four-letter-word to avoid!

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Post time 2011-8-7 17:50:17 |Display all floors

Spratly Kalayaan Group of Island

Kalayaan Group of Island belongs to Philippines. AND Scaraborough Shoal!!! That's it!!! no more talk no more arguement. Please!!!! Mabuhay  WEST PHILIPPINE SEA!!! (south china sea - no more)

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Post time 2011-8-7 17:51:03 |Display all floors
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Post time 2011-8-7 17:52:40 |Display all floors
Originally posted by GreedyHyena at 2011-8-7 17:51
You got my support !

This is predictable.

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