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Chinese Premier restates China's stance on South China Sea


11:27, November 20, 2011

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reaffirmed here Saturday China's stance on the South China Sea, stressing the East Asia summit was not the right forum to discuss the issue.

He said dispute should be resolved among directly related sovereign countries through friendly consultation and negotiation in a peaceful way.

Wen made the remarks at the 6th East Asia Summit, currently being held on this Indonesian island.

"I don't want to discuss this issue at the summit, however, leaders of some countries mentioned China on the issue. It's impolite not to make a return for what one receives. So, I am willing to reiterate China's stance," he said, adding China's stance was "clear and consistent".

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in 2002, decided to promote pragmatic cooperation and work for a code of conduct. "This is a common will of both China and ASEAN countries," he said.

A resolution among directly related countries through friendly negotiation and consultation in a peaceful way was a consensus reached in the DOC, Wen said.

"We hope relevant parties would take into concern the overall situation of regional peace and stability, and do something more conducive to mutual trust and cooperation," he said.

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PD User at 2011-11-21141.0.9.*
it is india and vieatnam"s agreegment it is not china"s area.
PD User at 2011-11-2175.47.239.*
This is an important China communique reaffirming the freedom of navigation in South China Sea. Some countries want to use this issue to advance their own ecomnomical and political interests - India wants oil in South China Sea and wants to respond in kind for China cozyness with Pakistan. The US wants to curb China rise in all spheres. An economic gathering like ASEAN should not be used as a forum for these foreign power expansion.

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