China willing to discuss ‘code of conduct’ over disputed islands with Asean


MANILA, Philippines—Despite persistent regional cracks over how to resolve disputes over the West Philippine Sea, China expressed its willingness, on Thursday, to observe a code of conduct in the contested territories as it urged Southeast Asian claimants to “stick to mutual respect and mutual trust” and boost dialogue.

In the same breath, China, the largest of six claimant countries to the resource-rich maritime territories, asserted its ownership of the Panatag Shoal (also called Scarborough Shoal in international maps and called by the Chinese as Huangyan Island), where a standoff between Chinese and Philippine naval vessels flared earlier in 2012.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila issued the statement on Thursday, reiterating Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s message in the just concluded Asean meetings in Phnom Penh, where the official took part in expanded talks among the bloc’s member nations and partners Japan, Korea and the United States, among others.

“Wen elaborated on China’s position on the regional situation and the South China Sea issue. He stressed that China pursues good neighborliness and that all problems must be properly solved by countries concerned through direct dialogue and consultation,” the Embassy said.

“China is ready to make joint efforts with Asean countries to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), safeguard regional peace, stability, cooperation and development,” the statement added.

China has been contending ownership of almost the entire West Philippine Sea, countering partial claims of Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.

At the Cambodia summit, Asean member states again disagreed on how to approach the issue, particularly on whether or not to internationalize the discussions.

Contrary to the Philippine position of maintaining an internationalized discussion of the maritime row, the Embassy said: “China’s stance has gained widespread understanding and respect. Asean countries said they are willing to keep communication and consultation with China and that the South China Sea issue should not be internationalized.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier clarified that Asean member states did not have a consensus to vote against internationalizing the dispute.

China also reiterated its claim to the Panatag Shoal, countering President Benigno Aquino III’s stern call for China to respect international borders and exclusive economic zones, as delineated under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“In response to the mentioning of the Huangyan Island (Panatag Shoal) at the East Asia Summit, Wen said that the Huangyan Island is an integral part of Chinese territory and that its sovereignty is indisputable,” the Embassy said, quoting Wen.

“China’s actions to defend the island’s sovereignty are legitimate and necessary,” the statement added.

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  • Raul

    China has bigger problem not only from Japan but on Philippines too. They spent millions of dollar for these disputes. 50 cents Party raking millions prom Chinese treasury.

  • heisenberg

    StrategicSafe said:
     1. the Scarborough shoal is not a shoal, it is a land territory which has at least 12 nautical territory sovereignty around it;
    the Scarborough shoal is China’s, the Chinese first discover it, the
    first to claim it, and consistent on her claim all the 800 year, never
    gives it up;
    3. EEZ only provides legal basis for maritime rights, not sovereignty over land that stays above water at high tide (island);
    4. EEZ provides no legal basis for claim any properties that belong to other states;
    International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is not the court to
    settle down the dispute to begin with, the court says clearly that the
    parties involved in the dispute need to talk to each other.
    6. China
    is a nation, a state, a country, therefore has sovereignty through out
    the history. Dynasty, republic, just a government representing of the
    country. Btw Mongol is part of China.

    Strategicsafe, you are right, your answer meet standard of UN quality.

    • Luthmar

      I thought it was the other way around.  Mongolia created China, thus,  it is part of Mongolia. 

  • Raul

    China is desperate country with desperate moves. Quite clear in their actions. They rattled the don’t know what the next steps. 6 years old student slap them with poisonous question. The kalburo members I mean Politburo members are was caught off guard.

  • Jay

    Look at how these Chinese conduct themselves..They are willing to discuss a code of conduct over disputed islands..But wait..Let me just put this island on our Passport then lets talk..China just listen to world opinions.because of what you are doing they are already swaying away from you..

  • TheGreatLieofChina2012

    “The Great Lie of China” They always say they are willing to discuss a code of conduct over disputed islands. but they keep bullying other claimant country and still claiming the whole china sea.  if the UN allowed China to claim the whole china sea, India may also claim the whole Indian Ocean 

    • StrategicSafe

       China is not claiming the entire South China Sea. The nine dot lines means all the island s Within it are China’s. But the ever growing EEZ might eventually applied to the most part of South China Sea.

  • resty144

    Walang pakialam yan mga hayop na Insik yan at mga kapit bahay nila. Kahit anong mangyari hindi nila bibitawan ang mga isla na kinukupkup nila. Propaganda lang at delaying tactic ang ginagawa nila. Walang takot yan mga insik na yan kahit makipagguira pa sa Kano.

  • Albert Einstien

    most chinese commenters here say that mongolia is china….just to justify yuan map claim…

    the TRUTH is prc  china is ONLY a belligerent organization a mere ” de facto ” is ROC who truly represent the chinese people they are ” de jure ” or legitimate government of china….NATIONS can at ANY given TIME declare that they are RECOGNIZING ROC  ( now seated in taiwan ) as the SOLE representative of chinese people…prc china will be then stripped of its FICTIONAL CLAIMS…that should be what PNOY is doing if he is TRULY concern of our territories which he & his mother cory allowed the prc china to encroach….for SURE other countries would FOLLOW PH move…prc china already established a govt on our ISLANDS & made known to the world that they own our territories ( e-passports ) yet wordy PNOY DOES NOT EVEN KNOW what to do…just YAKKING endlessly for propaganda as if he is truly concern of china’s intrusion & territory grabbing.. ( his blood relatives: pnoy said in his visit to his relatives in hongjian china” : that if one is to move forward, one must know how to look back. So I would like to thank the people of Hongjian—all my distant cousins, aunts, and uncles—for their warm welcome, and for being among the many who give me the strength to carry on and succeed,” Mr. Aquino said. ( inquirer 2011 ) …….no DIRECTION….during marcos time they sent rescue naval ships & fighter planes to area of concern to protect our territories…even chinese & asian fishermen ( includes military disguised as fishermen ) did not dare to enter…

    mongolia is an independent COUNTRY…whatever their forefathers owned ..they inherit…..mongolian yuan map does not even claim taiwan…so how could prc china even claim panatag & spratly islands….everybody knows that MONGOLIAN leader kublai khan only conquerred landlock LANDS not ISLANDS because their strength is their cabalry..they have NO NAVY & would not dare CROSS huge body of water like SEA or OCEAN…prc china 9 dash line is just pure FICTION….just lately INVENTED….. first appeared in February 1948 as an eleven-dotted U-shape line in scs.. NOT because they conquerred the sharks & fish or by historical conquest of its islands but beacause the sea was named south CHINA SEA [ same with indian ocean,pacific ocean,mediterrenian sea, gulf of mexico, red sea, baltic sea, arctic ocean, north sea, andaman sea, carribean sea , japan sea , etc……named merely for international NAVIGATIONAL REFERENCE & GUIDANCE…(.SCS was named by International Hydrographic Organization in 1928…for NAUTICAL STANDARDIZATION NOT not as evidence of SOVEREIGN territory of roc china..upon which RP , ROC china, japan, singapore, indonesia & malaysia as members ).. not as SOVEREIGN territorial sea or ocean….] in a map appearing in a private publication in the Republic of China was later ADOPTED & reduced it to 9 dots…because it encroached the oceans & .not even by prc china but by roc…the 9 dash line NOT even COVERED by YUAN MAP or any historical map of ANY CHINESE govt…

    If we FOLLOW the convoluted & twisted FICTION of china 9 dash line….RP can just RENAME pacific ocean to Philippine sea..& CLAIM EVERYTHING on it….that is HOW RIDICULOUS the 9 dash line FICTION of prc china….

    • BayanMunaBagoAngSarili

       Brain drained chinese government!

  • Raul

    This is an old story. LIAR country!

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