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China advocates 'dual-track' approach to resolve the South China Sea issue


07-12-2016 14:18 BJT

Full coverage: The South China Sea Issue

China has been supporting and advocating the "dual-track" approach to resolve the South China Sea issue. The approach insists that relevant disputes should be addressed by countries directly concerned through friendly consultations and negotiations in a peaceful way.

It also says peace and stability in the South China Sea should be jointly maintained by China and ASEAN countries. Experts believe the approach to be practical and can ensure security and stability in the region. 

"I think the dual-track approach is a pragmatic and reasonable option to resolve the South China Sea issue between China and ASEAN members," said Xu Liping, deputy director of Southeast Asian Affairs, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

"Who owns the territory, that can only be resolved through parties negotiating," said  Avery Goldstein, director of Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania.

"We need to solve something very locally, and an grown-up approach to dialogue," said  Catherine West, Shadow Minister for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, UK.

"I think this approach of negotiations and bilateral communication to settle whatever issues exist is the right approach," said Masood Khalid, Pakistan's Ambassador to China.

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