China demands Asean neutrality over South China Sea
Published on May 19, 2014 5:58 PM
BEIJING - A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) not to take sides in the South China Sea row stoked by what he called "Vietnamese provocations".
Mr Hong Lei made the remarks at a daily news briefing on Monday, when commenting on Asean Secretary-General Le Luong Minh's recent comments on the matter, which China is strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to.
Mr Le claimed that China has encroached upon Vietnam's territorial integrity, and violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.
Mr Hong said the current dispute is not a matter between China and Asean, but Mr Le has taken sides to advocate a certain country's claims, sending out wrong signals, regardless of facts, or Asean's position.
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