China condemns US resolution on ASEAN maritime borders

Reading Time: 2 minutes
SCS
Click to enlarge

China’s foreign ministry on August 1 issued a statement condemning a US Senate resolution that calls for China and ASEAN nations to exercise restraint in their ongoing conflict over maritime borders, and to develop a framework for the peaceful resolution of these disputes in accordance with international law.

“China expresses its strong opposition, and has already made stern representations with the US side,” the statement said. “We urge the relevant senators to respect the facts and correct their mistakes in order to avoid further complicating the issue and the regional situation.”

The “relevant senators” are primarily Democrat Robert Menendez and Republican Marco Rubio who composed the unanimously-approved resolution. Senator Menendez published a statement in support of the resolution saying, “[t]he United States has a vital interest in working with all nations in developing, institutionalising, and sustaining a rules-based order for the area. That starts with putting in place effective mechanisms to manage maritime disputes that destabilise the region, and supporting and encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domain.”

The Senate resolution listed several incidents that were cause for concern, including Chinese ships cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship in 2011; Chinese ships occupying the Scarborough Reef lagoon, which is in Filipino territory, in 2012; China publishing a map that claims as sovereign Chinese territory a much larger portion of the South China Sea than has ever been internationally recognised; and Chinese naval and marine ships continuously patrolling around the Second Thomas Shoal, also in Filipino territory.

The Chinese foreign ministry statement on Thursday said, “The above resolution proposed by a minority of senators took heed of neither history nor facts, unjustifiably blaming China and sending the wrong message.”

The Philippine government, however, praised the US Senate resolution for calling for a peaceful settlement pursued in a civilised manner. “While the US has no direct stake in the dispute, it is important for the US that freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce, and the observance of international laws are guaranteed,” Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. said in a statement. The Philippines government has repeatedly tried to refer these territorial disputes to international arbitration at the United Nations, but China has refused to participate.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Click to enlarge

China’s foreign ministry on August 1 issued a statement condemning a US Senate resolution that calls for China and ASEAN nations to exercise restraint in their ongoing conflict over maritime borders, and to develop a framework for the peaceful resolution of these disputes in accordance with international law.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

SCS
Click to enlarge

China’s foreign ministry on August 1 issued a statement condemning a US Senate resolution that calls for China and ASEAN nations to exercise restraint in their ongoing conflict over maritime borders, and to develop a framework for the peaceful resolution of these disputes in accordance with international law.

“China expresses its strong opposition, and has already made stern representations with the US side,” the statement said. “We urge the relevant senators to respect the facts and correct their mistakes in order to avoid further complicating the issue and the regional situation.”

The “relevant senators” are primarily Democrat Robert Menendez and Republican Marco Rubio who composed the unanimously-approved resolution. Senator Menendez published a statement in support of the resolution saying, “[t]he United States has a vital interest in working with all nations in developing, institutionalising, and sustaining a rules-based order for the area. That starts with putting in place effective mechanisms to manage maritime disputes that destabilise the region, and supporting and encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domain.”

The Senate resolution listed several incidents that were cause for concern, including Chinese ships cutting the cables of a Vietnamese oil exploration ship in 2011; Chinese ships occupying the Scarborough Reef lagoon, which is in Filipino territory, in 2012; China publishing a map that claims as sovereign Chinese territory a much larger portion of the South China Sea than has ever been internationally recognised; and Chinese naval and marine ships continuously patrolling around the Second Thomas Shoal, also in Filipino territory.

The Chinese foreign ministry statement on Thursday said, “The above resolution proposed by a minority of senators took heed of neither history nor facts, unjustifiably blaming China and sending the wrong message.”

The Philippine government, however, praised the US Senate resolution for calling for a peaceful settlement pursued in a civilised manner. “While the US has no direct stake in the dispute, it is important for the US that freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce, and the observance of international laws are guaranteed,” Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. said in a statement. The Philippines government has repeatedly tried to refer these territorial disputes to international arbitration at the United Nations, but China has refused to participate.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid