Original title: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: peace and stability in the South China Sea are in line with regional national interests.
Source: CCTV news client
According to reports, Philippine Foreign Minister Lochin said recently that China and ASEAN are advancing negotiations on the "South China Sea Code of Conduct" in a surprisingly friendly manner. There may still be disputes and differences in the South China Sea, but they should not hinder the joint efforts of all parties to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation in other areas. At a regular press conference today (8), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said that China will continue to work with ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, to actively promote the "guidelines" consultation and pragmatic cooperation at sea to consolidate the current good situation.
Hua Chunying said that, with the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, the situation in the South China Sea has remained generally stable. Relevant countries have returned to the correct track of properly handling differences through dialogue and consultation. Consultations on the text of the "Code of Conduct for the South China Sea" have continued to advance.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying: Last month, the third meeting of bilateral consultation mechanism on South China Sea issues between China and the Philippines, the 16th Senior Officials'Meeting and the 26th Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea were successfully held. The parties fully exchanged views on controlling differences, strengthening cooperation and the "guidelines". China appreciates the positive and constructive attitude of Philippines in its consultations.
Hua Chunying introduced that at the end of last month, State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister visited the Philippines and exchanged in-depth views with Foreign Minister Lochin and other Philippine leaders on strengthening maritime cooperation and maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, and reached many important new consensus.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying: Peace and stability in the South China Sea conforms to the common interests of the countries in the region and is the common aspiration and responsibility of the countries in the region. China will continue to work with ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, to actively promote the "Guidelines" consultation and pragmatic cooperation at sea to consolidate the current good situation. (CCTV reporter Shen Yang)
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