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China appreciates Russia's position on South China Sea issue

Editor: Zhang Pengfei 丨Xinhua

06-24-2016 08:20 BJT

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BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday applauded Russian officials' remarks on the South China Sea issue, calling it a just voice from the international community.

"Russia's position reflects the real situation in the South China Sea and the root of the issue. China appreciates that," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a daily press briefing.

Hua made the remarks following comments by Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov, who attributed the tense situation in the South China Sea region to the interference from outside countries.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also said at a press conference on June 10 that Russia believes intervention from an outside party will only make the already tense situation worse.

Saying some countries have intervened for their own interests, Hua said, their actions have provoked regional conflict and pushed the "militarization" of the South China Sea.

She urged relevant countries to respect efforts to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, and play constructive roles to this end.

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