“China is committed to engaging with countries directly concerned and resolving relevant disputes on territory and maritime jurisdiction with its neighbors through bilateral consultation and negotiation on the basis of respecting historical facts and international laws. That is what we have been doing and will continue to do,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang said in a press confernece.
“I want to remind everyone that China is a responsible country, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, an initiator and practitioner of the Five Principles on the Peaceful Co-existence, and an upholder and constructive participant of international rules. China values and fulfills its promises, and keeps a better record in abiding by the international laws than those countries. Be it facts or laws, what China has done is fully justified. Since some countries are so fond of the “rule of law”, then I wonder what on earth is the “rule of law” that they keep talking about? Which provision of international laws has China violated?” Qin added.
“We do not accept the alleged “international arbitration” advocated by certain country, and this is not because our positions are ill-based on laws. What we do is exercising the lawful right endowed by the Convention as a signatory state in order to properly handle relevant issue and maintain regional peace and stability. This is in consistence with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC),” the spokesperson added.
“Certain countries infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of other countries under the cloak of “the rule of law” and disguise their illegal actions as “legal”. I’d like to advise these countries to check their own doings against international laws and the basic norms governing international relations.”