A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Aug 7 emphasized that China has always been committed to jointly upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea with ASEAN.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying’s remarks came after a joint communique released on Aug 6, two days after the conclusion of the 48th ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting.
The South China Sea issue is mentioned in the communique.
“We have taken note of the communique,” Hua said. “As for the issue mentioned, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has already elaborated China’s stance when attending a series of foreign ministers’ meetings on East Asia cooperation.”
Hua stressed that China has always been committed to settling South China Sea disputes through consultation and negotiation with countries directly concerned, on the basis of historical facts and in accordance with international law.
“China is willing to work with ASEAN to build consensus, deepen cooperation, manage differences, and make the South China Sea a place embodying peace, friendship, and cooperation,” Hua said.