Xinhua recently reported that, at the 25th Conference of the Member Countries of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, held in New York on June 12, the representative from the Philippines delivered harsh criticism against China. The Head of the Chinese Delegation, Wang Min, “sternly refuted” the Philippines’ accusations. Wang stated that China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea are exercised solely under China’s sovereignty and that the purpose was to improve the living conditions of China’s citizens as well as to provide better maritime search and rescue missions. China considers these to be its international responsibilities. The construction work will also improve the freedom of navigation for all countries. China was also against any “single-sided” maritime arbitration – Wang called for peaceful nation-to-nation negotiations based on international laws to resolve all South China Sea related issues.
Source: Xinhua, June 13, 2015