China’s position regarding UNCLOS, insists bilateral talks and historical facts

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying states China’s position regarding UNCLOS during a regular press conference today June 11, 2014.

“The 24th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea held a special session in New York on June 9 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the taking into effect of the Convention. Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and head of the Chinese delegation to the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea addressed the conference to call for the establishment of a harmonious maritime order and the resolution of disputes through negotiations between countries directly concerned.”

“China holds that the Convention establishes a basic legal framework for maritime order in modern times, which is widely accepted by countries around the world.”

“China attaches great importance to the development of marine cause, takes an active part in international maritime affairs and stands for the establishment and maintenance of a harmonious maritime order. A harmonious maritime order means that we should respect not only the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of all the littoral states, but also every country’s right and freedom for the lawful and peaceful use of the sea. A harmonious maritime order requires all countries to uphold the spirit of the Convention, exercise their rights and interests in accordance with law and perform obligations and duties in good faith. When addressing items not covered in the Convention, regulations and principles of the general international law should be followed.”

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“China firmly safeguards and promotes the rule of international maritime law and the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes. The Chinese government upholds an independent foreign policy of peace, abides by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as the stipulation of the Convention, peacefully resolves maritime disputes and respects the lawful rights of all countries to independently choose peaceful means to resolve disputes.”

“The most effective and widely accepted approach for the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes is negotiation and consultation between countries directly concerned based on the respect for historical facts and international law. There are plenty of successful experience on that.”

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