Original title: ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting is imminent, and this issue has been deliberately hyped by the West.
According to foreign media reports, ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting is about to take place. Japan's Daily News said the journalist was informed of the draft of the joint statement of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers'Meeting to be held in Singapore on August 2. On the issue of China's construction of military strongholds in the South China Sea, the statement is made to join the expression "we have taken note of the concerns expressed by some countries", which also follows the statement of the chairman of the ASEAN summit in April.
The report said the draft would, as before, avoid a name criticism of China, but reminding that "we stress that all actions must be the importance of the issue of non military and restraint."
There is public opinion that the Japanese media have a hype about the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting.
In this regard, Luo Yongkun, a scholar of the China Institute of modern international relations, said in an interview with the reference news network that, over the years, there would be a joint statement on the South China Sea issue at an important foreign ministers' meeting or the ASEAN summit. ASEAN regards the South China Sea issue as a matter of maintaining regional peace and stability and relation to regional power relations. Therefore, ASEAN has issued a common voice on this issue, and any joint statement on the issue of the South China Sea needs not to be overinterpreted. From this level, western countries deliberately purport and have ulterior motives.
He further pointed out that at present, China and ASEAN have common understanding on the South China Sea issue and maintain close consultation and communication. On the one hand, China has actively negotiated with the multilateral side of the ASEAN regarding the issue of regional peace and stability. For example, China and ASEAN are promoting the "South China Sea code of conduct" (COC), on the other hand, China's bilateral consultations on the South China Sea issue with the relevant countries of the ASEAN region are also being carried out.
Foreign media believe that the Philippines and Malaysia have attracted considerable attention in bilateral consultations and interactions on the South China Sea issue.
In Philippines, according to the Philippines commercial newspaper website, Philippines foreign minister Kaya Tano said in June that if there were no legal obstacles, the South China Sea exploration work between Philippines and China would be the fastest in 2019. In addition, according to the Philippines Star newspaper website, President Duthel Te of Philippines said he was willing to talk to the South China Sea bilaterally; in Malaysia, the media reported that the new prime minister Mahathir had said that the negotiations on the South China Sea Island Reef rights would be restarted after the election.
Some people believe that at the forthcoming ASEAN Foreign Ministers'Meeting, the South China Sea issue may once again become one of the issues testing Sino-Philippine and Sino-Malaysian bilateral relations.
Luo Yongkun said that in Philippines, China and Philippine consultations on the issue have begun; in Malaysia, the new prime minister Mahathir made a negative interpretation of the hope of renegotiation of the South China Sea issue by many Western media, but in fact, China has always welcomed bilateral talks on the South China Sea issue. Sentence. If Malaysia is willing to hold bilateral consultations with China on the South China Sea issue, this will help solve the South China Sea issue.
Public opinion has noted that the South China Sea issue has cooled down since the second half of 2016. On the one hand, the Sino Philippine relationship has been improved. The ASEAN countries have received the political signal of China's improvement of bilateral relations, the improvement of China's relations with ASEAN, and the positive response to the easing of the South China Sea situation. On the other hand, the ASEAN countries benefit from the mitigation of the South China Sea situation from the point of view of practical interests and therefore hope that the ASEAN countries will also benefit from the South China Sea situation. It is hoped that this situation will continue to be maintained and will not be deadlocked with China on the South China Sea issue.
Public opinion judges that, in general, at present and in the future, China and ASEAN can cooperate closely on the South China Sea issue, and the opportunity to solve the South China Sea issue has come. Under the impetus of relevant cooperation and consultation between China and Philippines and China and Malaysia, the prospect of resolving the South China Sea issue will undoubtedly become clearer.
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