“China is ready to work with Asean countries to implement the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaol.
“We are ready to join efforts with other countries in the world to pursue and uphold peace so that we will be able to live in amity and enjoy harmonious development,” he added.
However, China’s Vice Premier emphasized that they are upholding their sovereignty and is willing to solve disputes through bilateral talks.
“China firmly upholds its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests and state security,” he added.
“We have the commitment to peacefully resolving disputes with countries directly concerned through consultation and negotiation on the basis of respect of history and international law.”
Philippine Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said that Philippines should participate in bilateral talks initiated by China. He added that there would be no final agreement if PH and China won’t engage in bilateral talks amid international arbitration.
“China has already made very clear that this adjudication process that’s being undertaken right now is not one that they will honor,” Marcos told ANC’s Beyond Politics.
“In the end of the day, it will have to be China and the Philippines sitting down at the table signing an agreement to put an end to all these tensions and all of these difficulties that we are having over the conflicting claims in the West Philippine Sea,” Senator Marcos added.