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Scholars: "dual-track" approach correct way to settle the disputes

(CRI Online)    09:26, July 27, 2016

Photo taken on July 17, 2016 shows a deepwater fish farming base near Meiji Reef of the Nansha Islands of China. [Photo: Xinhua]

A symposium on the South China Sea arbitration case has been held in Beijing.

Scholars attending the meeting believe that a "dual-track" approach is the correct way to settle disputes.

Zhu Feng, executive director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies.

"The 'dual track approach' emphasizes that the South China Sea issue should be solved by stepping up cooperation among the countries directly involved in the issue and countries surrounding the South China Sea, namely China and the ASEAN countries, through dialogue and shouldering their own cooperation responsibilities. So the core of the 'dual track approach' is that South China Sea is the common home of China and ASEAN."

The scholars believe the political manipulation and sensationalism surrounding the South China Sea issue incited by countries outside the region, is not conducive to the peace and stability in the area.

Ruan Zong-ze, deputy head of the China Institute of International Studies.

"The relationship between China and the ASEAN countries keeps improving and being restored, allowing less room for their [countries outside the region] attempt to take advantage of the friction between China and the ASEAN. In other words, the improvement of the China-ASEAN relationship has left them no chance. So they overstepped their boundaries when they jumped too high."

At the symposium, discussions were held on topics such as the impact of arbitration on security in Asia.

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