China open to consultation with ASEAN over S. China Sea

China’s Foreign Minister says China has seen ASEAN’s statement on the South China Sea. The core problem of the South China Sea is the dispute over the sovereignty of the Nansha islands and the demarcation of their adjacent waters.

China has sufficient historical and legal evidence for its sovereignty over these areas. China is willing to work with ASEAN members to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea comprehensively and effectively.

China is also open to consultation with ASEAN on the conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. China hopes all parties will strictly abide by the code and create necessary conditions and atmosphere for the consultations.

CNTV