BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhua) — China urges the Philippines to cease baseless allegations on the South China Sea concern, a International Ministry spokesperson mentioned Monday.
It was reported that Philippine Protection Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged the Chinese language vessels which might be nonetheless across the Niu’e Reef to depart early. Philippine International Ministry additionally mentioned that, primarily based on the South China Sea arbitration and so-called award, the Philippines denies that the Niu’e Reef and its adjoining waters are conventional fishing grounds for Chinese language fishermen.
In response, spokesperson Zhao Lijian mentioned the Niu’e Reef is a part of China’s Nansha Islands and gives shelter from the wind for Chinese language fishing boats historically. So it’s regular for Chinese language fishing ships to shelter close to the reef from tough sea circumstances.
He famous that the award from the South China Sea Arbitration Tribunal is illegitimate and invalid. He mentioned China doesn’t settle for or acknowledge it and firmly opposes any claims and actions primarily based on the award. China’s sovereignty, rights and pursuits within the South China Sea conform to worldwide regulation.
He mentioned the Philippines tried to make use of an unlawful and invalid ruling to disclaim this sovereignty and rights within the South China Sea. It violated the United Nations Constitution and the United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (UNCLOS).
It’s hoped that the Philippines will take an goal and proper view and instantly cease baseless allegations to keep away from destructive impacts on bilateral relations and peace and stability within the South China Sea, Zhao mentioned.