SINGAPORE, June 4, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo (2nd R), deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, meets with Japan's Vice Minister of Defense for International Affairs Toru Mimura (2nd L) in Singapore, on June 4, 2016. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)
The call came as Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo met with Japan's Vice Minister of Defense for International Affairs Toru Mimura here on the sidelines of the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
Sun, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, reaffirmed China's stance on the South China Sea, asking Japan to be prudent and take tangible actions to keep the improving momentum of the bilateral ties.
China attaches importance to the ties with Japan and would like to promote mutual understanding through dialogue and communication so as to manage and bridge differences, he said.
Echoing Sun on bilateral ties, Toru Mimura said Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties for Japan.
Dialogue and communication between the two countries helps to boost mutual understanding, improve bilateral ties as well as maintain international and regional peace and prosperity, the Japanese official said.
On the same day, the Chinese admiral also met with Swiss Minister of Defense Guy Parmelin on cooperation.
HOUSTON, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral negotiation is the best way as arbitration is not a choice for China and other claimants to settle their disputes over the South China Sea islands, a senior Chinese diplomat said here Friday.
China has over the past few decades proposed putting aside disputes and seeking joint development as part of efforts to settle disputes over the South China Sea, China's Deputy Consul General in Houston Zhao Yumin said during a luncheon. Full story
BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- China's Foreign Ministry on Saturday urged the United States and Japan to cease accusing China over the South China Sea issue.
Countries from outside should honor their commitments and not make irresponsible remarks on issues involving territorial sovereignty, spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing in response to remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani at a security summit in Singapore. Full story
BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- History and facts show that Taiping Dao in the South China Sea is an island rather than a rock, said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Friday.
"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters, including Taiping Dao. China has, based on the Nansha Islands as a whole, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. Full story
SINGAPORE, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, will deliver a speech elaborating China's stance on international and regional security issues at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a spokesman said on Friday.
Yang Yujun, spokesman of China's Defense Ministry, told the Chinese media that Admiral Sun will deliver a speech themed "the Challenges of Conflict Resolution" at the plenary session of the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue on Sunday. Full story
LONDON, May 20 (Xinhua) -- China is committed to peace and stability in the South China Sea, and desires to solve disputes peacefully through negotiation, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming said Friday.
In a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Liu said China has long exercised "a high-level of self-restraint and forbearance" regarding the territorial disputes in the region. Full story
BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday called on the Philippines to settle disputes over the South China Sea through bilateral consultation and negotiation.
The Philippines has reportedly claimed arbitration was its last resort after all bilateral means had been exhausted. On the other hand, some people say China and the Philippines have never held negotiations over the Philippines' claims. Full story
BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) -- China values the freedom of navigation and peace and stability in the South China Sea more than any other country in the world, said Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), on Thursday.
Fang, who is also chief of the newly-established Joint Staff Department under the CMC, made the remarks during a video conversation with U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Joseph Dunford.Full story