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Wang Yi Talks about So-Called Freezing Construction of Islands and Reefs in South China Sea

2015/08/03

On August 3 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at request at the press conference held in Singapore that people in the international community often put forward initiatives of one kind or another . However, what is important is that the consensus on these initiatives need to be reached by the directly related parties through equal consultation, and only in this way will these initiatives be feasible. As for the initiative to freeze the construction of islands and reefs of the South China Sea, it was proposed not today, but last year or even earlier, but there has not been any consensus reached up to now. The reason is that all nations have different opinions on what is to be frozen, what is the standard, and who will make the judgment. While this kind of initiative seems to be fair and just, they are not practical and feasible. China has proposed that the precautions of marine risk management and control should be discussed under the framework of the joint working group of the negotiations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). All the related initiatives of all parties can be discussed openly on this platform to see whether they are feasible or can be recognized by everyone.

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