China accuses Philippines of destroying ASEAN-China relationship: ‘PHL defame and smear China’

The Chinese government is telling Philippines to stop provocative statements and malicious hyping at once, this is after the Department of Foreign Affairs dared China to prove Philippines violated the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. “The Chinese side urges the Philippine side to end the malicious hyping and provocation in no time, meet China and a majority of ASEAN countries halfway, and jointly uphold peace and stability of the South China Sea,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

The Chinese government again raised the building of an airstrip in Pagasa Island and grounding of vessel in Ayungin shoal which are before 2002. It added, “in 2013, the Philippine side unilaterally initiated international arbitration on relevant disputes with China over the South China Sea in disregard of its commitment in the DOC and the existing consensus between China and the Philippines.”

China also claims that Philippines is destabilizing cooperation in ASEAN. “The Philippine side also obstructs the practical maritime cooperation among parties under the framework of the DOC, causes disturbances in the South China Sea and exerts itself to defame and smear China on regional and international occasions.”

“All that the Philippines has done is an obvious breach of the DOC,” the Chinese official added.

“The Chinese side does not recognize the “status quo” of Philippines’ illegal occupation of relevant maritime features of the Nansha Islands (Spratly Islands).

“The Chinese side reaffirms that the Philippines must immediately stop relevant illegal construction activities, and withdraw all personnel and facilities from the islands and reefs of China.”