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FM: China vows UN's decision on continental shelf

(People's Daily Online)

16:34, June 14, 2012

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin held a regular press conference On June 12, 2012.(File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

Beijing, June 14 (People's Daily Online)--On June 12, 2012, foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin held a regular press conference.

Q: Recently, the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf posted a summary of its recommendations on Japan's claim of outer continental shelf on its website, which was welcomed by both Japan and China. How does China comment? Are there any different interpretation of the recommendations by China and Japan?

A: The summary of recommendations by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf did not recognize Japan's claim of outer continental shelf based on the Okinotori Reef, and Japan is quite clear about that. After Japan submitted its claim to the Commission, China and the ROK delivered multiple notes to the UN Secretary-General, stressing that in light of international law, the Okinotori Reef shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf and requesting the Commission not to recognize Japan's claim of outer continental shelf based on the Okinotori Reef. Many other countries have also voiced disagreements over Japan's illegitimate claim. The Commission's handling is fair and reasonable, in compliance with international law, and has safeguarded the overall interest of the international community. China welcomes that decision.

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