Action speaks louder than words

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s words should match China’s actions with regards to South China Sea, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Monday, December 1.

Xi Jinping said while in Australia for G20 summit last month, “It is China’s longstanding position to address peacefully its disputes with countries concerned and territorial sovereignty and maritime interest through dialogue and consultation.”

The Chinese President noted that his country is “dedicated to upholding peace. Peace is precious and needs to be protected.”

The Philippines through DFA spokesman said, “we reiterate that such expression of peaceful intentions, when matched by corresponding actions on the ground, will go a long way in ensuring stability and security in the South China Sea.”

Jose said that peaceful actions include stopping of reclamation work in disputed maritime zones and withdrawal of massive Chinese presence in the West Philippine Sea.