- African countries and Serbia are some of the countries China claims to side with them
- Resolution through direct negotiation has been strongly supported
- Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson calls for objective reporting on issue
More countries have reportedly chosen to side with China on the South China Sea dispute, according to Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying last Tuesday, June 21.
Hua made these remarks in response to allegations that only a few countries actually backed up China's stance on the South China Sea dispute. She added that some African countries - such as Cameroon, Malawi, Ethiopia and Zambia - have openly expressed their support for China on the territorial issue.
She also cited the joint statement signed by China and Serbia on implementing a comprehensive strategic partnership. The statement claimed that when it comes to the South China Sea issue, any territorial and marine disputes should be resolved through friendly and diplomatic consultation and negotiation by all directly concerned parties.
She finished by saying that these are in accordance with the bilateral agreements, as well as the rules of the declaration on the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea.
Furthermore, Hua revealed that the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered a speech in his home country on Monday, announcing that Cambodia will not reinforce arbitration on the South China Sea issue. Sen also called for a resolution through bilateral negotiation by the directly affected parties.
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The world is expecting the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration to release a decision anytime this year on the case the Philippines filed against China.
Hua emphasized that the media organizations deeply concerned about the South China Sea issue must have noticed or have had an inkling of other countries' stances on the issue, unless these facts are deliberately being bypassed.
"We hope that some media organizations will report things objectively and fairly and take a fair attitude toward China," she said.