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Post time 2012-4-26 08:27:07 |Display all floors
China has maintained close communication with the US over the South China Sea and hopes the interactions between the two sides remain positive, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday in Beijing, ahead of the fourth mutual strategic and economic dialogue next week.

"In the three rounds of strategic consultations held so far, we have given full presentations to the US side on China's position. I hope it would help the American side to keep adopting a reasonable position," Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said at a news briefing.

With tensions already high in the South China Sea, the Philippine foreign and defense ministers are planning to discuss an updated defense agreement with their US allies in Washington next week.

"The South China Sea issue is not an issue between China and the US, because the US doesn't have claims over the South China Sea and does not take sides, and we take this position as a reasonable one," the foreign minister said.

But the US has interfered with the disputes, said Ren Yuanzhe, a researcher with the department of diplomacy at China Foreign Affairs University. The United States has increased its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, claiming it has a national interest in the peaceful resolution of disputes within the area, Ren said.

The foreign minister's words indicated that the disputes over the South China Sea have been rather serious, Ren said, adding that the United States should take some responsibility for the current standoff over the Huangyan Island since it was the force behind it.

"China did not start the current standoff in the South China Sea. We would not like to see more tensions in that region," Cui Tiankai said. China is still committed to resolving disputes in the region through dialogue and diplomacy, Cui said.

"The Chinese government has taken a positive attitude to alleviate this kind of crisis, and the US also needs to restrain its ally to cool it down," Ren said.

Minor scuffles over the South China Sea issue are not in the interests of China, the Philippines nor the US, Ren said. A peaceful solution to the standoff could play an exemplary role in resolving similar problems in the future, he added.

The situation in the South China Sea has remained stable for many years thanks to the efforts of China and relevant parties, Cui Tiankai said. But "some people are trying to mix two unrelated things - territorial sovereignty and freedom of navigation - and such comments and actions go against the willingness of regional countries to deepen friendship and cooperation and will not help anybody".

Also on Wednesday, hundreds of American and Philippine troops waded ashore in a mock assault to retake a small island near the western island of Palawan, coinciding with the standoff starting on April 8 between Chinese and Philippine vessels near the Huangyan Island in a different part of the South China Sea.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have claims over some islands and waters in the South China Sea.

China's Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie on Tuesday said any military action to show sovereignty over the South China Sea "will be based on the needs of diplomacy", Hong Kong's Phoenix Television reported.

But Liang also said he believes that China and the Philippines will be able to peacefully resolve the escalating row over the Huangyan Island.
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Post time 2012-4-27 06:16:59 |Display all floors

RE: Beijing urges restraint in S China Sea

China hopes irrelevant parties will stay out ofSouth China Sea disputes

(Xinhua)   09:08, April 11, 2012

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman here on Tuesday expressed hope that companies from countries outside the South China Sea region could avoid getting involved in disputes over the sea.

Spokesman Liu Weimin made the comment at a routine press briefing in response to a question concerning deals reportedly inked between Russian and Vietnamese companies on gas exploration in the South China Sea.

China hoped companies from countries outside the South China Sea region would respect and support efforts made by directly concerned parties in resolving disputes through bilateral negotiations, said Liu.

China also hoped relevant directly concerned parties could meet each other half way with China, and avoid getting countries outside the region involved in relevant disputes, he said.

Reaffirming China's indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, Liu said China was committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes through direct negotiation and friendly consultation with countries concerned based on respect for historical facts and international law.

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Post time 2012-4-27 06:35:08 |Display all floors

Si vis pacem, para bellum!

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A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman here on Tuesday expressed hope that companies from countries outside the South China Sea region could avoid getting involved in disputes over the sea.

Ahh yes, we are closer to the source of the problem now, aren't we?

So, tell me, is it easier for Big-Oil to bribe and manipulate countries like the Philippines or China? Would Big-Oil and related industries be more in control if it were the Philippines?

More to the point has Big-Oil ever done something like that before?

Yes, yes, I am sure their CEOs go to church Sunday morning. They are god-fearing men, one and all.
Let the dice fly high

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Post time 2012-4-27 06:42:20 |Display all floors
I think that as China becomes more and more Western, it will be happy to internationalize many of its assets, including islands in the South China Sea.
I am NOT Chinese, and I do NOT live in China.

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