Dialogue and consultation over maritime disputes benefits China and the Philippines: FM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-12 18:29:22|Editor: An
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BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- China and the Philippines are now back on track to peacefully solve disputes through dialogue and consultation, and the relationship between the two countries has benefited both peoples and contributed to regional stability since ties normalized last year, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Wednesday.

Geng made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to a statement made by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs earlier today. The statement was made at the one year anniversary of the issuing of an "award" on the South China Sea arbitration.

"China's position on the so called award is consistent and clear," said Geng, noting that China is determined to safeguard its territorial sovereignty, and maritime rights and interests over the South China Sea.

Geng said that China has been committed to peacefully solving disputes over the South China Sea through consultation and negotiation with countries directly concerned and determined to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea with ASEAN countries.

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