China reiterates its stance over the South China Sea dispute and called the arbitration of the Hague and the Netherlands a “catwalk show" in a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday, May 12.
Senior Chinese international specialist, Xu Hong, director general of the Treaties and Laws Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry tells the press that the lawlessness has turned the arbitration case into a catwalk show.
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Xu adds that the Philippines' move shall not affect China's will and resolution over safeguarding its sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, as well as China's decision on solving relevant disputes through direct negotiations and that China shall not change its policies and positions over safeguarding the peace and stability of the South China Sea, along with countries in the region.
"Nothing will ever change the history and fact that China enjoys sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and surrounding waters, be it the Philippines' unilateral application for arbitration or the verdict out of such an arbitration. Nothing will ever change China's resolution and will-power to safeguard its territorial integrity and maritime interests. China also stands prepared to solve disputes through direct negotiations with countries in the region with the aim of jointly maintaining peace and stability of the region," says Xu Hong.
Xu Hong stresses that China will not accept any country basing bargains on this invalid and lawless arbitration and its verdict and that China will not consider any proposition based on such acts. China will have no other choice but firmly oppose all acts which are harmful to its rights and interests.
“Nothing will change our position on this matter.”
The Director-General went on to say that China would not accept any decision or arbitration given by the Court, and that nobody would remove the truth that the islands are theirs.
Chinese TV anchor claims Philippines is part of China
Meanwhile, a video of an anchor from the China Central Television channel, He Jia, has been making the rounds on the internet.
In the video, the anchor committed an embarrassing gaffe while reporting, when he claimed that the Philippines was part of China’s territory all along.
“We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact.”
The reporter apparently meant to say that the Scarborough Shoal – known in China as the Huangyan Islands – is China’s territory. While the channel did not release a statement on the issue, they removed the video from their website. Nevertheless, duplicates of the video have popped up on other websites.
New round of discussions with Duterte
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The Chinese foreign minister Lu Kang hopes to start a new round of discussions, following the election of the new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte caught their attention when he said he was open to negotiations on the islands, and also when he said during the presidential debates that he’d plant the flag of the Philippines on Scarborough soil if they refuse to give over.
The former Davao City Mayor also said he would be open to joint exploration, and remain silent on the issue if China helps build trains in Mindanao, Bicol and Batangas.
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