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Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 09:47

'Outsider countries' should support peace and stability in S. China Sea

By Xinhua

'Outsider countries' should support peace and stability in S. China Sea
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop during the Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue at Parliament House in Canberra on February 7, 2017. (AFP / Mark Graham)

CANBERRA -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday that outsider countries should support efforts to safeguard peace and stability in South China Sea instead of doing the opposite.

Those countries directly concerned have been back "on the right track" to resolve the South China Sea issue through dialogue and consultation, Wang told a press conference after the fourth round of China-Australia diplomatic and strategic dialogue.

It's not only the position taken by China and the ASEAN countries, but also a right choice for outsider countries

Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister

"So in this sense, we have attached great importance to the recent statement made by US Defense Secretary James Mattis , stressing diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over South China Sea," said Wang.

"It's not only the position taken by China and the ASEAN countries, but also a right choice for outsider countries," he added.

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When asked what the message China would like to send to the United States over the South China Sea issue, Wang suggested that the United States review the Word War II history.

"It's with the aid of the United States that the Chinese government of that day recovered the Nansha Islands in 1946 publicly and legally," he said.

Wang said China will always adhere to a peaceful approach, based on historical facts and international law, to resolve the South China Sea issue through dialogue and consultation with the directly concerned countries.

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