China urges Philippines to respect China’s sovereignty over Huangyan Island

  China on Tuesday urged Philippines to earnestly respect China’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over Huangyan Island, and stop taking actions that may complicate in the region.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, made remarks in response to a query about a statement issued by Philippines of Foreign Affairs on Monday, which protested against Chinese Coast Guard vessels’ patrols in waters off Huangyan Island.

Meanwhile, Philippines Foreign Secretary, Teodoro Locsin, also made insulting remarks on his personal social media account.

Wang said that Huangyan Island is China’s territory and adjacent waters are China’s jurisdiction.

He said that facts have proven time and time again that megaphone diplomacy can only undermine mutual trust rather than change reality.

“We hope that certain individuals from Philippines will mind basic manners and act in ways that suit their status,’’ Wang said.

Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, was quoted as saying that differences and disputes between two countries on some issues should not affect overall friendship and cooperation.

Wang added that it is also an important consensus reached by China and Philippines on many occasions.

“China has always been and will remain committed to properly handling of differences and advancing cooperation with Philippines through friendly consultation.

“It will continue to provide assistance within capacity to Philippines in efforts to fight epidemic and resume economic development,’’ said Wang. (Xinhua/NAN)