BEIJING, June 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress says every country has an obligation to push for the peaceful development of maritime resources.
At a panel discussion at the Shangri-La dialogue, Fu Ying said no single country or individual could choose their own interpretation of international law.
As an example, she said Japan should stop hunting whales under the name of scientific research. Fu also highlighted the importance of the South China Sea as a shipping channel for China’s trade and energy market. She said China has been actively engaged in safeguarding the security of international shipping routes.
Japanese delegates raised the issue of disputes in the South China Sea. Fu Ying said the Nansha and Xisha Island both returned to Chinese sovereignty when the Japanese occupation ended in 1945. She said China has always stuck to settling the disputes through negotiation. No one should unilaterally undermine the consensus.