China reiterates sovereignty over China Sea on Tuesday press briefing

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said when asked about PH’s accusations that China is doing reclamation activities in Spratly Islands, “What I want to emphasize is that China exercises indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters. China strictly abides by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and remains a staunch champion for regional peace and stability.”

Also, in the same June 3, 2014 press conference Hong Lei answered questions regarding China’s relations with Vietnam and Japan.

“I want to point out that on the East China Sea issue, it is not China but Japan who changes the status quo. It is Japan who snatched the Diaoyu Islands away from China by force over 100 years ago. It is also Japan who attempted to unilaterally “nationalize” the Diaoyu Islands by violating the UN Charter, the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Declaration and other international laws.”

“Therefore it is Japan who should clean up its acts and correct its mistakes. China is firm and resolute in safeguarding the sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the East China Sea and the South China Sea as well as national security.”

“Meanwhile, we always hold the point that disputes should be managed and settled through dialogue and negotiation. We advise the Japanese side not to stir up troubles nor mislead the public opinion on international occasions.”

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On new report that a Vietnamese vessel collide with a Chinese vessel he said, “China has been consistently asking the Vietnamese side to stop its intensive disruptions of the normal activities of China’s oil rig in waters off the Xisha Islands, stop its infringement of Chinese sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction, and immediately withdraw its vessels and personnel.

“However, so far, the Vietnamese side is still ramming into Chinese vessels in relevant waters. It is the Vietnamese side that is creating tension and violating international laws and the basic norms governing international relations. We ask the Vietnamese side to immediately halt all these actions and pull out its vessels and personnel.”

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