China opposes attempts to internationalize South China Sea issue: military newspaper

08:11, June 15, 2011      

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China firmly opposes attempts to internationalize the South China Sea issue, which should only be resolved bilaterally through friendly consultations between parties involved, said an opinion article published Tuesday by the Liberation Army Daily.

This came after Vietnam conducted a military exercise Monday in an "exclusive economic maritime zone" over which it claims sovereignty, a move that the Chinese military daily article said will only sharpen disputes.

"It has been proved by history that any move to play up disputes, sharpen contradictions, or intentionally internationalize disputes will only make the situation worse," the signed article said.

Stressing that China opposes any "unrelated" country to interfere in the issue of South China Sea, the article urged the countries involved to stop any unilateral action that will complicate the issue and never voice groundless and irresponsible remarks.

"Only with sincerity and patience and through direct consultations by the parties involved can an appropriate solution to the dispute be found," the article read.

Chinese people were the first to discover and develop islands in the South China Sea and had indisputable sovereignty over the islands and their surrounding seawater, the article noted.

In an official statement issued in 1958, the Chinese government had clearly claimed the islands in the South China Sea as part of China's sovereign territory, and then Vietnamese Premier Pham Van Dong also expressed agreement, according to the article.
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Source: Xinhua
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