Speaking at a global symposium on ocean governance, Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected any display of naval force, stood for unity and adherence to multilateralism to resolve differences on maritime issues.
The Foreign Minister called for safeguarding the international system with the United Nations at the center and, in the case of the South Sea, indicated that China and countries of Southeast Asia should seek further progress in the process of consultations on the Code of Conduct in this area.
In his opinion, issuing a reference document would lead to converting that space into a zone of peace, friendship and cooperation.
On the other hand, Wang also stood for the rational and orderly use of marine resources and called on the international community to jointly face challenges like global warming and the accelerated rise in sea levels.
China, he underlined, attaches great importance to achieving a maritime civilization, works to strengthen the prevention and control of pollution, in addition to the protection of biodiversity.
Likewise, the diplomatic official ratified Beijing’s will to collaborate with other nations on such issues and contribute to the green development of oceans.