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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng: Disturbing the East Asian Cooperation Has Become a "Standard Practice" of Certain Countries

2019/11/04

On November 4, 2019, after attending the East Asia Summit, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said to the press that China and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have maintained sound communication and cooperation regarding the South China Sea issue. We have the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea as our guidance. Besides, a clear roadmap and timetable of the consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea have been decided. China and the ASEAN member states have the willingness, the capability and confidence to jointly safeguard the peace and stability of the South China Sea and promote the situation in the South China Sea for better development.

Regrettably, against our own will, certain countries outside the region insist on travelling a long way to stir up troubles, confound right and wrong, and create tension in the South China Sea. In my observation, disturbing the East Asian cooperation has become their standard practice, which is neither constructive nor responsible, and it will win no support. My advice for certain countries outside the region is to respect and support the efforts of countries in the region to safeguard regional stability, and to stop acting as a disturbing force to the East Asian cooperation.

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