China asks Philippines not to create trouble in S China Sea
Beijing: China on Thursday asked the Philippines to stop making trouble over a contested island in the South China Sea and create conditions for talks to resolve the maritime dispute.
"If the Philippines really care about the COC (code of conduct), it should take real actions to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei aid.
Hong was reacting to Philippines foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario`s remark that Manila has discovered concrete blocks on the island called Huangyan by China and Scarborough Reef by the Philippines?and alleged China tried to expand territory ahead of the COC, placing the region`s peace and stability in jeopardy.
"The Philippines should create the necessary conditions and environment for discussions over the CoC, rather than making trouble out of nothing," Hong said.
Hong said the Philippines should respect China`s territorial sovereignty.
Besides the Philippines, China has similar dispute in the South China Sea with Vietnam, Malayasia and Brunei.
China and the ASEAN concluded the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in 2002 and have been pushing for efforts to start talks on a Code of Conduct to resolve the disputes.