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Beijing warns all outside Asean against involvement in South China Sea disputes

Asean states' interests and those of China, not those of US or other outsiders, called paramount

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 August, 2014, 5:53am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2014, 7:02pm

China warned yesterday that only Asean's declaration of conduct was relevant to how nations interacted in the South China Sea and any competing proposal would harm the interests of Beijing and the regional bloc.

The message was delivered by Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a US proposal to suspend provocative acts in the disputed waters received a cool response from participants at the Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

Watch: Sea row overshadows talks between China, Southeast Asia

The Philippines has also called for a suspension as part of a plan to ease tension.

"Someone has been exaggerating or even playing up the so-called tension in the South China Sea," Wang said at a ministerial press conference in Naypyidaw yesterday. "We do not agree with such a practice, and we call for vigilance in the motives behind them. Any proposal to come up with an alternative would only disrupt discussion of the code of conduct."

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Naypyidaw along with top envoys from China, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, the European Union and the US for the ARF.

"We need to work together to manage tensions in the South China Sea and manage them peacefully and also to manage them on a basis of international law," US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Dr Shi Yinhong , a professor of international relations in Renmin University in Beijing, said Wang's remark was aimed at rebutting the US agenda.

"Kerry has made it clear that the US wants to be a mediator, and this is totally unacceptable to China."

Wang also said Beijing would adopt a "double track mindset" in dealing with the South China Sea issue. China would resolve territorial disputes through bilateral dialogue, but work with Asean in maintaining peace in the region. This is the first time China has used the term, although it is consistent with its previous positions.

Asean is working to conclude a binding code of conduct for maritime actions.

Shi said Wang was only clarifying China's stance that it would not accept any multilateral talks over sovereignty disputes, but could agree to negotiating issues relating to maritime rights, exclusive economic zones, and navigation, through the ARF.

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Interesting to see all the psychotic rants repeated here when the truth and history is conveniently forgotten. How China has been dealing with its neighbours and disputes were never at all what some of you lobotomized parrots say they were. Doubts? Try www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1162/016228805775124534
Formerly ******
@ How About you grow up:
Guy Fawkes was psychotic. He wanted to burn alive all members of England's parliament. That you honor him with your avatar says enough about your state of mind.
@ 怎麼樣你長大了:
蓋伊是精神病患者。他想要活活燒死的英國的議會的所有成員。你用你的頭像尊敬他說不夠瞭解你的精神狀態。
How About
You know Guy? Takes one to know one?
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I suggest you rant in Weibo- you're sure to have your own fan-club!
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chaz_hen
Nah...too much competition...
ymtong
Wang Yi looks very tense....and unsure...
535a72d6-3824-43ca-adc5-52a60a3209cb
The only relations that the rest of the World should be having with the cruel CCP is trying to bring to trial the thousands of Communist Party members who have been and are still committing millions of human rights atrocities.The brutal Chinese Communist Party has murdered over fifty million of its own people since 1949, since 1999 it has been attempting the blood-thirsty genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong who live in Mainland China. To this end, the heinous CCP is using torture,slavery, organ harvesting and murder. Because of corporate greed, these atrocities and millions of others have been kept from the Western people by the Western media. The weak United Nations even appointed the brutal CCP a seat on its Human Rights Council this year. Shameful. Thank you for your concern.
caractacus
Once again China says one thing and does the opposite. It employs well tried ancient tactics, a two faced policy, saying its intentions are peaceful and it does not interfere in other countries' affairs. Its real intention is to divide ASEAN from the USA and dominate each country one by one until it isolates Japan. If achieved, it may well make make a military grab for Taiwan and the region's maritime territories and resources. In the meantime it is using its fishing fleet as a 5th column to inflitrate and bully.
The USA is the only credible guarantor of security against Chinese aggression because China fears the US 7th Fleet.
Just as in the 1930's with H i t l e r and the N a z i s in Europe and and militarist J a p a n in East Asia, no self respecting neighbour should trust a racist, totalitarian dictatorship whose true intentions are "Lebensraum" and rape of the planet's natural resources.
China must be brought into line to respect international law. The best way to do that is for the free world to disinvest and take its capital, technology, expertise and trade elsewhere. This is beginning.
chaz_hen
Too late...all the major western corporations have already sold their souls (in addition to their trade secrets and technology) to the CCP and now they're crying because they're getting squeezed out through proven CCP witch hunt purges.
How can you expect someone (CCP) to respect "international law" when their culture is to eagerly sign onto everything they can that'll benefit them all while knowing they are not going to honor anything?
Stupid naive westerners for ever even thinking the CCP would play by western rules in the first place. CCP's like a newly bought player on a team with no proven track record but expecting to be made team captain.
limpanlinus@gmail.com
Strange that China Always say no one should medle in their own buisnis But they Always medle in all other countrys buisnis.
jenniepc
China will work together & peacefully in SC Sea provided that US not involve in the conflict.
My concern is that if President Obama will create another crisis in Asian Continent, such as the Middle East, Ukraine and Russia conflicts, like dog eat dog. Sometimes, he dealt with the world crisis with not flexible and it is very African characteristics. This is the main reason that Africa continent has always been at war. Prevent a third world war and history repeats itself again, yes, China and Russia must stick to their positions.
Again, if there are any disputes over maritime territory, then, it should be resolved by disputed parties through a dialog, not outsider. The question is if maritime territory disputed parties in South China Sea are willing to settle the disputes through a dialog. As information provided by media, Vietnam and Philippine exhibit more aggressive behavior than any involving countries in disputes as Vietnamese or Philippine leaders have felt that they are valuable to or to be great use for the United States for purpose of surrounding China. I am sure that the disputes will be resolved peacefully as long as other disputed parties are willing to dialog or negotiate with China to settle the disputes and eventually Vietnam will join in with others. Chinese leaders know very well, it is not Chinese best interest to settle south maritime island in South China Sea by force. So far Chinese leaders have exhibited patiently.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 08/10/14 美國

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