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China stands for peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputes - Foreign Ministry

RIA Novosti

20:36 25/09/2010

BEIJING, September 25 (RIA Novosti) - China stands for peaceful regulation of disputes concerning the South China Sea, Jiang Yu, official spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

On Thursday Philippines' President Benigno Aquino said the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is ready to repel the Chinese pressure.

Beijing claims several potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea.

"If China forces its point of view [on ASEAN countries," over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, ASEAN countries "will make a joint stand against this," Aquino said.

A second ASEAN-U.S.A. summit was held in New York on Friday. Despites Chinese protests, the participants of agreed on the importance of "peaceful resolution of disputes" and "freedom of navigation" in the South China Sea.

The ASEAN has the potential for world leadership, US President Barack Obama said, pressing home his strategy of rebuilding US influence in the dynamic region.

Earlier, Bejing had warned the United States not to get involved in South China Sea dispute.

"China has and always will work for the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea disputes," Jiang said.

She said China hopes the concerned states, including the Philippines, will deal with the relevant disputes through friendly bilateral consultation and negotiation.

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