Lu Kang made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to claims
that the Philippines initiated arbitration due to the two countries'
very unequal strengths which makes it unable to solve maritime
delimitation disputes with China through dialogue.
"Such an argument confuses right and wrong and reminds us of the
so-called theory of original sin of major powers," said Lu.
Calling the rhetoric "obviously from those who attempt to smear China,"
Lu said the logic behind the rhetoric is that "a strong nation is bound
to seek hegemony."
China adheres to the path of peaceful development and follows a national
defense policy that is defensive in nature. China persists in building
good-neighborly relationships and partnerships with its neighbors and in
solving disputes through dialogue and negotiation, said Lu.
Since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, China
has successfully solved boundary issues with 12 of its 14 land neighbors
via consultation in accordance with historical facts, on the basis norms
of international law. The entire length of demarcated and delineated
boundary has reached 20,000 kilometers, which accounts for 90 percent of
China's total land boundary. Another example is that China and Vietnam
delineated the maritime boundary in the Beibu Gulf via negotiations, Lu
China knows its responsibility and obligation to safeguard regional
peace and stability, said Lu.
Stressing that China has dealt with the South China Sea issue in a
constructive way, Lu said the door for dialogue has always been open.
However, the Philippines, disregard of the consensus reached with China,
shows no sincerity in solving the South China Sea issue through dialogue
and "pretends to be a victim," said the spokesman, accusing Manila of
stirring up trouble and aggravating the situation.
When asked to comment on former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's
recent remarks, Lu said some people choose to turn a blind eye to basic
facts about the South China Sea issue and wantonly manipulated
international law. According to reports, Hagel said it would be
"dangerous" for either side to disobey a decision of the Permanent Court
Lu said China's position of non-acceptance and non-participation in the
arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines is clear and
Using the international law when convenient and abandoning it in
unfavorable conditions gravely undermine the authority, solemnity and
effectiveness of the international law, said Lu. "This is a dangerous
act that the international community must heighten vigilance against".