Wang Yi Talks about China's Four-Point Consensus on South China Sea Issue with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos

On April 23, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed at inquiry when meeting with journalists in Laos that, during my visits to Brunei, Cambodia and Laos, I have exchanged in-depth views with all parties on current situation of the South China Sea, and reached important consensus respectively. The consensus can be summarized as follows:

First, China and the three countries all agree that disputes over some Nansha islands and reefs are not an issue between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and should not affect China-ASEAN relations.

Second, China and the three countries all agree that the right enjoyed by sovereign states to choose on their own ways to solve disputes in line with the international law should be respected, and an imposition of unilateral will on others is opposed.

Third, China and the three countries also agree that disputes over territorial and maritime rights and interests should be resolved through dialogues and consultations by parties directly concerned under Article 4 of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).

Fourth, China and the three countries believe that China and ASEAN countries are able to jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea through cooperation. Countries outside the region should play a constructive role rather than the other way round.

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