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The South China Sea Arbitration

Chinese Foreign Ministry: Both China and Taiwan have the responsibility to safeguard Spratly islands

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on March 24, 2016

Q: According to media reports, Taiwan authorities published a position paper on its South China Sea policy on March 21. Besides on March 23, some academic institutions in Taiwan submitted a proposal to the arbitration tribunal in the Hague, stressing that Taiping Dao meets the definition of island according to UNCLOS and is therefore eligible for possessing exclusive economic zone, continental shelf and other maritime rights and interests. What is your comment?

A: First of all I’d like to reiterate that China is consistent and clear on its non-acceptance and non-participation in the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines.

The Nansha Islands including Taiping Dao have been China’s territory since ancient times. Chinese people have long been living and working there continuously. China takes the Nansha Islands as a whole when claiming maritime rights and interests, and Chinese people across the Strait all have the responsibility to safeguard the property handed down from our ancestors. China is firmly against attempts of the Philippines to unilaterally deny China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea through arbitration.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic ò China


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