China: US not a party in dispute at sea

Posted at 06/29/14 8:53 PM

MANILA -- The Chinese Embassy said the United States should be promoting peace and stability in the Asia Pacific rather than doing the opposite.

Reacting to statements made by US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, the Chinese Embassy said: “The US is not a party concerned in the dispute in the South China Sea, it has not ratified the (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) either. It is our hope that it could do more to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific, rather than the opposite.”

Last week, Goldberg told members of the Philippine Constitution Association that China’s expanded territorial claim has no basis in international law.

He stressed that the disputes at sea should be resolved “through tribunals, code of conduct, observance of declarations of conduct, negotiations directly with parties.”

The Chinese embassy, however, insisted that “China's sovereignty over Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters were formed over a long period of 2,000-plus years."

"China always maintains that the South China Sea dispute should be solved through bilateral negotiation and consultation between countries directly-concerned based on respect for historical facts and international law,” it said.