Thursday, January 18, 2024

China and the Philippines want to improve their relationship and dispute resolution in the South China Sea

 BEIJING/MANILA: China and the Philippines consented to work on oceanic correspondence and to appropriately oversee clashes and contrasts through cordial discussions concerning issues around the South China Ocean, their unfamiliar services said in an explanation.

China Right hand Unfamiliar Pastor Nong Rong and Philippines Unfamiliar Service undersecretary Theresa Lazaro held a forthcoming and top to bottom trade of perspectives on the circumstance while co-leading the eighth gathering of the China-Philippines Two-sided Meeting System on the South China Ocean in Shanghai, as per explanations delivered by the Chinese and Philippine unfamiliar services.

In the discussions, the different sides reaffirmed that the South China Ocean debate is "not the entire story of respective relations," the Chinese unfamiliar service said in an explanation delivered late on Wednesday.

Both countries have traded accusations of provoking conflict in the economically strategic waterway, including allegations that China rammed a ship carrying the Philippine armed forces chief of staff last month. These accusations have led to numerous confrontations between the two countries in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

China said its activity was "proficient, sensible and legitimate".

Beijing claims sway over practically the whole South China Ocean, including portions of the selective monetary zones of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The two authorities accept "keeping up with correspondence and discourse is fundamental to keeping up with sea harmony and steadiness", the Chinese unfamiliar service said.

In the Jan. 17 explanation delivered by the Philippine Branch of International concerns (DFA) on Thursday, it said the two sides "consented to serenely manage episodes, if any, through strategy".

The different sides consented to appropriately oversee oceanic contentions and contrasts through agreeable meetings, as well as appropriately handle sea crises, particularly the circumstance around the Subsequent Thomas Sandbar, known as Renai Reef in China, and Ayungin in Manila.

"The two sides introduced their separate situations on the Ayungin Sandbar and guaranteed each other of their common obligation to keep away from acceleration of strains," the DFA said.

Chinese coast watch and oceanic local army vessels have had warmed and risky spats around there, as China turns out to be more decisive in squeezing its sea claims there.

Despite months of tension, both parties have reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue. Both said in the gathering they would progress reasonable sea collaboration, "in order to make good circumstances for the sound and stable advancement of China-Philippines relations," as per the Chinese unfamiliar service.

On Tuesday, China called the envoy from the Philippines and cautioned the country "not to behave recklessly" after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr saluted Taiwan's duly elected president Lai Ching-te on his political race triumph on Saturday.

The remarks made by Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, were not well received by the defense secretary of the Philippines, who on Wednesday accused the official of insulting Marcos and engaging in "low and gutter-level talk."

China requested that the Philippine side truly comply with the one-China guideline.

The Philippine side emphasized that it sticks to the one-China strategy and will keep on executing it, as indicated by the Chinese unfamiliar service proclamation.

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