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What has really happened in South China Sea?

2014-12-15 13:47 Xinhua Web Editor: Gu Liping

Despite media hype about conflicts in the South China Sea and irresponsible unilateral behaviors by certain countries, the overall situation in the South China Sea has been stable in 2014.

Although frictions over maritime territorial disputes constitute an issue for regional stability, the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has not become a problem.

Ever since China established a strategic partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2003, China and countries of the bloc have enjoyed sound relations.

Now China and ASEAN are striving for strengthened comprehensive cooperation.

In 2014, China has actively engaged in bilateral and multilateral consultations and negotiations in order to solve territorial disputes in a flexible, pragmatic and principle-oriented manner.

China has been advocating a "dual-track" approach: Bilateral disputes should be addressed by the countries directly concerned through friendly negotiations; peace and stability in the South China Sea should be jointly maintained by China and ASEAN countries.

The "dual-track" approach is the most effective way to reduce tensions in the South China Sea while maintaining peace, stability and momentum of cooperation and development in the Southeast Asian region, said Ling Dequan, a researcher with the Center for World Affairs Studies, a Xinhua affiliate.

In addition, China also has vigorously advocated the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative in the region, which can bring a powerful push to the economies of ASEAN countries.

China welcomes all ASEAN countries, including those that have territorial disputes with China, aboard the express train of the project, and will not stop its efforts to strengthen economic ties with the ASEAN countries.


However, a cacophony from some countries over maritime territorial disputes can still be heard from time to time.

In May, the Philippine National Police Maritime Group made unwarranted arrests of 11 Chinese fishermen from waters off China's Half Moon Shoal in Nansha Islands.

Vietnam, in the meantime, disrupted the normal drilling operations of a Chinese company in the waters off China's Xisha Islands. Looting and arson targeted foreign companies in Vietnam, including Chinese companies.

While continuing confrontation with China at sea, the Philippines and Vietnam have tried many times to egg ASEAN on to pass a resolution concerning the South China Sea issue, in an obvious attempt to force ASEAN to take sides.

The Philippines also initiated an international arbitration on the matter, which was a deviation from the path of bilateral talks.

China has rejected Manila's move as the disputes are out of the purview of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

To act like a crying baby is not a mature way to deal with the existing problems.

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