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China is committed to managing Ren'ai Jiao issue through dialogue and consultation: FM spokesperson

Source: Xinhua | 2024-04-12
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China is committed to managing Ren'ai Jiao issue through dialogue and consultation: FM spokesperson

BEIJING, April 11 (Xinhua) -- China is committed to managing the situation at Ren'ai Jiao with the Philippines through dialogue and consultation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on Thursday.

Mao made the remarks at a daily press briefing when asked to comment on Philippine President Marcos Jr.'s recent remarks. The President said he was horrified to learn of the gentleman's agreement between the Duterte administration and China on Ren'ai Jiao and would ask for clarification regarding the agreement. He also said that he is willing to maintain contact with China at all levels to ease tensions with every effort.

"First and foremost, I want to stress that Ren'ai Jiao is part of China's Nansha Qundao and China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Qundao including Ren'ai Jiao and the adjacent waters," Mao said.

According to Mao, the reason behind the current situation at Ren'ai Jiao is very clear.

"The Philippines went back on its words and refuses to tow away the warship illegally grounded at Ren'ai Jiao," Mao said.

She said the Philippines denies the existence of the gentleman's agreement reached with China under the Duterte administration and has repeatedly infringed on China's sovereignty in those waters and made provocations.

The Philippines has abandoned the current administration's understandings with China on the Ren'ai Jiao issue, sent construction materials to the grounded warship for large-scale repair and reinforcement in an attempt to permanently occupy Ren'ai Jiao, Mao said.

She said if the Philippines truly wants to ease tensions at Ren'ai Jiao through dialogue and communication, it needs to honor the commitments and understandings and stop provocations.

Mao stated China's position on how to deal with the current situation at Ren'ai Jiao.

"First, by keeping its warship grounded at Ren'ai Jiao for decades running, the Philippines has been violating China's sovereignty and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), especially Article 5 which says refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands and reefs," Mao said, adding China demands that the Philippines tow away the warship at once and restore the Ren'ai Jiao's state of hosting zero personnel and facilities.

"Second, before the warship is towed away, if the Philippines needs to send living necessities, out of humanitarianism, China is willing to allow it if the Philippines informs China in advance and after on-site verification is conducted. China will monitor the whole process," the spokesperson said.

"Third, if the Philippines sends large amount of construction materials to the warship and attempts to build fixed facilities and permanent outpost, China will not accept it and will resolutely stop it in accordance with law and regulations to uphold China's sovereignty and the sanctity of the DOC," Mao said. 

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