BANGKOK, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Meddling in cooperations of East Asian countries has become "a routine" of some countries and what they did is neither constructive nor responsible, and will not win popularity, a senior Chinese diplomat told reporters on Monday.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng made the remarks shortly after the 14th East Asia Summit concluded here. The summit is an annual regional event gathering 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
He criticized certain extra-regional countries for attempting to make waves and sow discord in the South China Sea although the region has been peaceful all the time.
According to Le, China and the ASEAN members have maintained sound communication and cooperation regarding the South China Sea issue.
China and the ASEAN countries have willingness and capabilities, and are confident in jointly safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea and making its situation continuously improve.