China not to blame for S. China Sea disputes

0 Comment(s)Print E-mail, June 22, 2011
Adjust font size:

China is not to blame for tensions in the South China Sea, Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said on Tuesday.

Cui was answering  questions on what message China will send to the first round of China-US consultations on the Asia-Pacific region, which will be held on Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV.

"The South China Sea issue is not on the agenda of the consultation. But if the US side were to bring it up, China is willing to further define its stance - that is, we are not the creator of the disputes," Cui said.

"Though there have been some disconcerting trends in the area, they are not caused by China in the first place, and we are not changing our view on the issue. We hope other countries can take a restrained, responsible, and constructive attitude toward the issue together with us," said Cui.

"We don't want such disputes to affect the stability of the region, or relations between the countries involved," he added. 

Cui and US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will co-host the the first round of the consultations on Asia and Pacific region.

The two countries will exchange views on the situation of the Asia-Pacific region, their respective policies on the area, as well as other issues of common concern, Xinhua reported.

"Through deep and frank communications, the two countries can get a better understanding of each other's policy intentions and views on some important issues. This will help us deal with regional and global challenges together. And I believe this is also what regional countries are expecting of China and the United States," Cui told reporters in a joint interview on the consultations.

As long as China and the United States abide by the principles of the three China-US joint communiques and the China-US Joint Statement, enhance dialogue and communication, strengthen mutual trust and cooperation and properly handle their differences, the two countries can continue to improve ties, Cui said.  

Cui expressed his hope that the China-U.S. ties will continue to warm because the sound and steady development of China-US relations is beneficial to both countries and the world. 

The two countries should properly handle differences and sensitive issues based on the principle of equality and mutual respect, he said.  

Print E-mail Bookmark and Share

Go to Forum >>0 Comment(s)

No comments.

Add your comments...

  • User Name Required
  • Your Comment
  • Racist, abusive and off-topic comments may be removed by the moderator.
Send your storiesGet more from