At a joint press conference with Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Beijing on 7 July, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had stressed to Wang the need to resolve South China Sea differences in a peaceful manner.
“Our talks also touched on the tension issues relating to the South China Sea. As Secretary-General I cannot comment on the arbitration case for which a ruling may be reached shortly.
But I did stress to Minister Wang, as I have with all other countries involved, the need to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner and to avoid any escalation or misunderstanding that could put security and development in the region at risk,” the Secretary-General said.
On 12 July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will issue its Award in the arbitration initiated by the Philippines that challenges China’s claims in the South China Sea.
China says the court has no jurisdiction and it will not accept the ruling.
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