China seeks resolution with the Philippines through dialogue

Beijing/Manila – China says it will not accept international arbitration filed by the Philippines on the South China Sea. China urged the Philippines to adhere to their earlier consensus and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, using bilateral talks to resolve disputes.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the direct cause of the dispute was the Philippines’ illegal occupation of some Chinese islets. He added that China held a clear and consistent stance. It has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters. Souce: CCTV