Three facts that the Philippines breaks promise on South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

2024-04-02 Editor : Zhao Li ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- The Philippines tries to hide the fact that it has broken its promise to China, violated China’s sovereignty and kept provoking China, and this is the only viable explanation for the Philippines’ string of false accusations against China, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on Monday.

“It made a serious promise to tow away its illegally grounded warship, but 25 years on, the Philippine vessel is still there,” Wang said.

The truth on the Ren’ai Jiao issue is that the Philippines went back on its words, he added.

Wang stressed that Nansha Qundao, including Ren’ai Jiao, has always been China’s territory while the scope of Philippine territory is defined by several international treaties and China’s Nansha Qundao lies beyond the limits of the Philippine territory.

Wang pointed out that the Philippines breached the understanding between the two sides on properly handling the situation on Ren’ai Jiao.

“The Philippines promised it will not reinforce the grounded warship and will inform China in advance of resupply plans. Out of humanitarian considerations, China made special provisional arrangements for Philippine vessels sending living necessities to the warship quite a few times,” he said.

“However, the Philippines refused to honor its promise and made attempts to send construction materials for large-scale repair and reinforcement of the warship in order to permanently occupy Ren’ai Jiao,” he added.

Wang pointed out the Philippines violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) jointly signed by China and ASEAN countries.

“Article 5 of the DOC stipulates that the Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features. Ren’ai Jiao is uninhabited. Parties should maintain its state of hosting zero personnel and facilities. Most recently, however, the Philippine military spokesperson openly vowed to build permanent structures on Ren’ai Jiao. The Philippines has also repeatedly sent people to step on China’s Tiexian Jiao and other uninhabited islands and reefs that belong to China in the South China Sea, which seriously contravenes the principles of the DOC,” he said.

He added that the Philippines, backed by external forces, has been going back on its words and making provocations. This is the real cause of the current tensions at sea. Nothing will hide the truth, and no one should turn black into white.

“The Philippines needs to immediately stop violating China’s sovereignty and its provocations, and return to observing the spirit of the DOC. China will not waver in its resolve to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” he said.


Most popular in 24h

MoreTop news


Back to top About Us | Jobs | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
Copyright ©1999-2024 All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
[网上传播视听节目许可证(0106168)] [京ICP证040655号]
[京公网安备 11010202009201号] [京ICP备05004340号-1]