|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Philippine Foreign Ministry's Comments on the South China Sea|
Q: The Philippine Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying that the intensified activities of Chinese vessels in the South China Sea hurt the interests of Philippine fishermen, undermined regional peace and stability, infringed the Philippines' sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction and violated the Declaration on the Conducts of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea. What is China's comment?
A: Chinese vessels' regular activities of patrolling, scientific research and survey in the waters under the jurisdiction of China are completely justified and lawful. China does not accept the groundless accusation from the Philippines. China's position on the South China Sea is consistent and has remained unchanged for centuries, which is in keeping with relevant regulations of international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. China urges the Philippines to stop unilateral actions that impair China's sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests and expand and complicate the South China Sea disputes, and to stop making erroneous and irresponsible remarks. China is willing to appropriately address relevant disputes with the Philippines through direct consultation and negotiation. China stands ready to implement the DOC and safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea in real earnest through joint efforts with all relevant parties, in a bid to turn the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.