said on Thursday the door for dialogue with the Philippines on the South
China Sea is always open, refuting the country’s argument that bilateral
dialogue has come to an end.
China and the Philippines have agreed a series of bilateral and
multilateral documents to solve the South China Sea disputes through
negotiation, but the Philippines abandoned its promises, said Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei at a daily press briefing.
"China’s door for dialogue with the Philippines is always open," Hong
He said the two countries have had close contact and several rounds of
consultation on trust, managing disputes and maritime cooperation yet
the Philippines have never had any conversation with China on any of its
appeals of the arbitration case.
"The argument that ’bilateral dialogue has come to an end’ is indeed
another lie made up by the Philippines," said Hong.
He reaffirmed that China is acting entirely in accordance with the law
by not accepting nor participating in the arbitration, which was
unilaterally initiated by Manila in early 2013 and will be heard by a
five-judge tribunal in The Hague.
Stressing that the core of China-Philippines disputes on the South China
Sea is the Philippines’ illegal occupation of islands and reefs of
China’s Nansha Islands and the two countries’ maritime delimitation,
Hong said the UNCLOS does not apply to the issue.