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China: Sovereignty of Huangyan Island will not change


11-23-2016 06:33 BJT

China has responded to comments made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte regarding Huangyan Island in the South China Sea. Duterte said fishermen should not exploit marine life on parts of the disputed island, but the Chinese foreign ministry said it has sovereignty and jurisdiction. It added that "appropriate arrangements" have been made to allow Philippine fishermen to operate around the island.

"China and the Philippines have agreed to resolve the South China Sea issue through dialogue and consultation. In the spirit of friendship, the Chinese side has made appropriate arrangements for Philippine fishermen in the waters around the Huangyan Island. There is nothing that could be changed concerning China's sovereignty and jurisdiction of Huangyan Island. We hope China and the Philippines can continue to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation, and make the South China Sea issue a positive factor in promoting friendship and cooperation," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

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