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China: Wang Yi warns Kerry on Taiwan, South China Sea issues' impact on relations03:36

China: Wang Yi warns Kerry on Taiwan, South China Sea issues' impact on relations

China, Beijing
January 27, 2016 at 13:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned US Secretary of State John Kerry that the issues of Taiwanese independence and the South China Sea could lead to strained relations between China and the US at a joint press conference in Beijing, Wednesday.

Wang Yi said that "Taiwan issue affecting the China-US relationship. No matter how the situation in Taiwan will evolve, there will be no change to the fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China." The Chinese diplomat called the United States to "keep its commitment to the one-China policy, and continue to abide by the three Sino-American joint communiques and oppose Taiwan’s independence. Also take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relationships."

Speaking on the dispute over the islands situated in the South China Sea, the Chinese minister asserted his view that they "have historically been China's territory." He went on, saying "China has the right to protect its own territorial sovereignty and lawful and legitimate maritime rights and interests," before adding that China is "committed to manage differences through dialogue and to see a peaceful settlement of the disputes through negotiation and consultation."

Wang also emphasised China's right to defend its territory by noting that "the international law has given all sovereign countries the right of self-protection and self-defence. If one equals such a right to militarisation, then the South China Sea was militarised long ago. Mind you, China was not the first party that started this militarisation."

From his side the US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that "the United States does not take sides on the sovereignty questions underlying the territorial disputes." All parties are asked "to clarify their claims under international law, that they exercise restrict and that they adhere to peaceful and diplomatic ways of addressing disagreements," Kerry said. The American diplomat emphasised that the United States should promote "dialogue" between states and made clear that the United States remains "committed to a one-China policy," addressing the topic of Taiwan.

China: Wang Yi warns Kerry on Taiwan, South China Sea issues' impact on relations03:36
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned US Secretary of State John Kerry that the issues of Taiwanese independence and the South China Sea could lead to strained relations between China and the US at a joint press conference in Beijing, Wednesday.

Wang Yi said that "Taiwan issue affecting the China-US relationship. No matter how the situation in Taiwan will evolve, there will be no change to the fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China." The Chinese diplomat called the United States to "keep its commitment to the one-China policy, and continue to abide by the three Sino-American joint communiques and oppose Taiwan’s independence. Also take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relationships."

Speaking on the dispute over the islands situated in the South China Sea, the Chinese minister asserted his view that they "have historically been China's territory." He went on, saying "China has the right to protect its own territorial sovereignty and lawful and legitimate maritime rights and interests," before adding that China is "committed to manage differences through dialogue and to see a peaceful settlement of the disputes through negotiation and consultation."

Wang also emphasised China's right to defend its territory by noting that "the international law has given all sovereign countries the right of self-protection and self-defence. If one equals such a right to militarisation, then the South China Sea was militarised long ago. Mind you, China was not the first party that started this militarisation."

From his side the US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that "the United States does not take sides on the sovereignty questions underlying the territorial disputes." All parties are asked "to clarify their claims under international law, that they exercise restrict and that they adhere to peaceful and diplomatic ways of addressing disagreements," Kerry said. The American diplomat emphasised that the United States should promote "dialogue" between states and made clear that the United States remains "committed to a one-China policy," addressing the topic of Taiwan.

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