China has requested the United States today to respect the efforts and actions of Asian countries to keep peace and stability of the South Sea, in response to recent statements made by President Donald Trump about the issue.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a news conference that his government opts for a peaceful way to resolve disputes and defend their interests.
‘China firmly safeguards its sovereignty and maritime interests in the South China Sea and is committed to resolving disputes with the parties directly involved through negotiations,’ he said.
The situation in that space was stabilized thanks to the joint efforts between the authorities of Beijing and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, he commented.
‘We hope that the countries outside the region can respect the efforts of the area to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea and play a constructive role about this issue,’ Geng said.
The spokesman thus responded Trump’s statements on Sunday, November 12, about mediating the maritime dispute between China and Vietnam.
The presidents of those two Asian nations later announced a consensus to seek an appropriate solution to the issue.