Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that the “dual-track” approach is the most practical and feasible way to solve the South China Sea issue.
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade YB Phein Dato Lim Jock Seng in Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei, on April 21, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Jeffrey Wong]
He was speaking at a news conference in Brunei’s capital, following an in-depth exchange of views on the issue with Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, YB Phein Dato Lim Jock Seng.
Wang said that both China and Brunei are littoral states of the South China Sea, and that ensuring stability in the region is in the interests of both countries.
“Both sides agreed to eliminate barriers and surmount difficulties, and to continue to push forward the ‘dual-track’ approach — disputes should be resolved peacefully through negotiation between the parties directly concerned, and China and ASEAN countries should work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
He stressed that the “dual-track” approach complied with the peaceful settlement of disputes through negotiation advocated by the UN Charter as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea between China and ASEAN countries.
The two sides should also earnestly implement the declaration while accelerating consultations on the Code of Conduct.
Wang Yi also warned that running counter to the “dual-track” approach could not only harm ASEAN’s overall interest but also jeopardize the regional peace and stability.
Wang arrived in Brunei on Thursday for a visit to the sultanate, the first leg of his three-nation tour which will also take him to Cambodia and Laos.