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Resolving South China Sea issue needs concrete measures

By Zhong Sheng  (People's Daily)

16:37, January 17, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

At the beginning of this New Year, the peaceful settlement of the South China Sea issue shows a good momentum.

The fourth Senior Official's Meeting attended by China and the ASEAN on implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in South China Sea was held in Beijing during Jan. 13 and Jan. 15, 2012. China has made positive and creative efforts for promoting the peaceful settlement of the South China Sea issue.

The gradual cooling of the South China Sea issue indicates that to solve the South China Sea disputes through negotiations and consultations is welcomed and in line with the interests of the parties involved in.

Related countries in the area surrounding the South China Sea are now in the ascendant phase of economy and their cooperation in trade and economy is deepened constantly. The hard-won good development environment needs to be maintained by every country together.

The key to solve the South China Sea issue through consultation lies in cooperation. China has always proposed to shelve disputes and carry out joint development and done lots of practical things for promoting the cooperation in the South China Sea.

To boost the pragmatic cooperation, China has set up the three-billion-yuan China-ASEAN maritime cooperation funds. China also makes efforts to promote the constantly deepened cooperation with the ASEAN in various fields and creates conditions for the settlement of the South China Sea issue through negotiation.

At the same time, China fully respects the position and consideration of the ASEAN and would discuss and draft “Code of Conduct in the South China Sea" with the ASEAN when conditions permit.

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