China urges peaceful development of seas by all countries, while not following its own advice

China's Premier Li Keqiang addresses journalists during a joint news briefing with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (not pictured) in Athens June 19, 2014

China’s Premier Li Keqiang addresses journalists during a joint news briefing with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (not pictured) in Athens June 19, 2014

China, involved in a growing dispute with its neighbours over the energy-rich South China Sea, wants to promote peaceful development of the oceans, Premier Li Keqiang said, warning conflicts in the past had only brought “disaster for humanity”.

China claims almost the entire ocean, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei in one of Asia’s most intractable disputes and a possible flashpoint. It also has a long-running dispute with Japan in the East China Sea.

“China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly oppose any act of hegemony in maritime affairs,” Li said at a maritime summit in Greece on Friday in comments carried by China’s Foreign Ministry website on Saturday.

“Developing the oceans through cooperation has helped many nations flourish, while resorting to conflict to fight over the sea has only brought disaster for humanity.”

Concern over China’s motives has risen in the region after China sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam around the Paracel Islands.

The lack of any breakthrough in the dispute suggests China and Vietnam are far from resolving one of the worst breakdowns in relations since they fought a brief war in 1979.

Among the obstacles is Beijing’s demand for compensation for anti-Chinese riots that erupted in Vietnam after the drilling platform was deployed at the beginning of May.

Speaking at a forum in Beijing on Saturday, China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who visited Vietnam this week to discuss the rig dispute, said China had both the patience and sincerity to push for talks to resolve such spats.

But China would not sacrifice its sovereignty, he added.

“China will not trade its core interests and will not swallow the bitter pill of harming China’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” said Yang, who outranks the foreign minister.

China’s state news agency Xinhua, in a report late on Friday, accused Vietnam of encouraging trawlers to fish in disputed waters around the Paracel Islands by using financial incentives, saying the problem was rampant.

“Vietnamese seized by Chinese law enforcement authorities for illegal fishing confessed that they were given large subsidies by the Vietnamese government to fish in ‘disputed waters’,” Xinhua said in the English-language report.

“In addition, armed Vietnamese fishing vessels have repeatedly looted Chinese fishing boats, posing a serious threat to the safety of Chinese fishermen’s lives and property,” it added.

The Philippines said this week it will ask an international arbitration tribunal in the Hague to make a speedy ruling on its dispute with China over exploiting waters in the South China Sea after Beijing refused to take part in the proceedings.

Source: Reuters “China urges peaceful development of seas, says conflict leads to ‘disaster’”

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11 replies

  1. China’s diplomacy in “Negotiation” is already known to the world since how long …100 years?, 1000 years? What do we still need to listen to their “Requests”?

    The terms are very simple: We (China) demand and request, you, you agree”! Now that is a very peaceful, diplomatic negotiation. And if not. then you will experience human disaster!

    Seriously, for how long do other nations still want to listen to this Chinese crap? I salute the small and fragile archipelago, the Philippines, for showing balls. Vietnam next. Where is the “uniting spirit”, addressing other, stronger nations, to join in and tell China to pull in their short di** and pi** off, back home. Be happy with what you have, or face the great opportunity of loosing even that.

    China, we know you want to show muscles and your big mouth. But sometimes it is really better to show brains, and keep your mouth shut. If you want peace, practice peace first. Don’t request other nations to stay peaceful, while you run amok, cutting throats.


  2. I hate Chinese government, they intend to conditioned our minds. This strategy is far from success and near from failure. I don’t want to listen to them, it’s disgusting how this giant nation behave unlawfully. They did not respect the law of the land, the whole world condemn their actions, what a shameful situation…


  3. Vietnam is a virulent nasty country. Their mentality is just Fight, Fight, Fight. Almost 20 years of Vietnam War is evidence and continuation thereafter against China and Cambodia in the eighties. No country fight with this degree of foolish one track thinking. No wonder they are behind other ASEAN nations. The recent head butting against Chinese ships is evidence they don’t understand the concept of negotiation.

    Let me be clear here: the disputes between China and Vietnam over the Spratlys and Paracels are decades old. The fact of the matter is none of the disputants have Clear Title. Both have ‘lien’ on each other’s property so to speak, they are encumbered like in real estate. If Vietnam don’t understand negotiation, China will make sure to string her out to make her economically weak to keep her in check. Apparently Wisdom is not part of the Vietnamese vocabulary. PM Phang Van Dong once said it is harder to win the economic battle than war. Guess Vietnam never learn and continue trying ot derail her own economic growth!

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