Clinton said the U.S. held the position of the South China Sea territorial dispute over sovereignty
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WASHINGTON, April 30, 2008 (Reporter Tak Wing Kin) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here on the 30th, the United States held the position of the South China Sea territorial dispute over sovereignty, U.S. support to take the diplomatic process of mutual cooperation to solve the South China Sea issue.
Hillary Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta to be held with the visiting Philippine Foreign Minister and Defense Minister “2 +2″ consultations to seek to deepen the alliance between the two countries, which is held the first time in the history of the US-Philippine the level of “2 +2″ high-level consultations.
Hillary Clinton said in a news conference after the meeting in the South China Sea issue, the attitude of the United States has been very clear, we do not hold the position on the dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea “.
She was referring to the United States to justify the request of the relevant parties take mutual cooperation in the diplomatic process to resolve the territorial dispute over sovereignty, opposed to the threat or use of force for the realization of the demands.
Hillary Clinton, also known as a Pacific nation, the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law and freedom and not impede legitimate trade involving the U.S. national interest.
30 days by the US-Philippine “2 +2″ consultations, Clinton is scheduled to Washington that evening to fly to Beijing to attend the May 3 to 4 at the fourth round of Sino-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, then she will be co-chaired the dialogue with the Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
on the 28th of this month, the media briefing held on the eve of the Sino-US dialogue, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui stressed that China has taken note of the United States repeatedly said that does not hold the position on the dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea, China hopes the U.S. honor this statement.
Cui also said that the South China Sea territorial dispute over sovereignty between China and the United States is not the problem, but during the dialogue if the United States would like to understand the situation, the Chinese side can introduce. In the South China Sea issue, China’s position is principled, reasonable hope that the other parties to adopt the same attitude. (End)