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S China Sea arbitration a deadlock hindering improvement of China-Philippines ties: China's FM

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 10:38, November 11, 2015

The South China Sea arbitration case is a deadlock hindering improvement of China-Philippines relations, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Manila Tuesday.

Wang made the comment Tuesday before he wrapped up his visit to Philippines.

'We do not want to see the state of it getting worse, or even becoming a problem that defies a solution.' According to a statement published on the website of China's foreign ministry, Wang said to the press after meeting with the Filipino president and secretary of foreign affairs.

'The key to solving this depends on the Philippines' action, as it should undo what it has already done. We hope the Philippines can make a wiser choice on this issue,' he added.

The Foreign Ministry of China dismissed a ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal on the jurisdiction and admissibility of the South China Sea issue late last moth, saying that the result has no binding effect on China.

'The result of the ruling will by no means affect Cina's sovereignty and rights on the South China Sea,' Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said at a media briefing.

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