Ambassador Cui Tiankai's Remarks on U.S. Warship's Entry
into Waters near Relevant Islands and Reefs of China's
Nansha Islands


On October 27, 2015, Ambassador Cui Tiankai had an interview with Ms. Christiane Amanpour, host of CNN'S AMANPOUR, expressed China's solemn position on an U.S. warship's entry into waters near relevant islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands.

Cui noted that the U.S. Side sending a warship to China's Nansha islands and their adjacent waters is a very serious provocation, politically and militarily. It is a clear attempt to escalate the situation and to militarize the region. China and all of the people who want to maintain stability there are seriously concerned about it.

Cui pointed out that the U.S. Side's position on the issue of South China Sea is very absurd and even hypocritical. On one side it asks others not to militarize the region while itself is sending military vessels there so frequently. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has clear provisions about safety of navigation, freedom of navigation or innocent transit. The U.S., not yet a party to that Convention, is doing totally against the provisions of the convention.

CUI stressed that China's sovereignty and relevant rights over the islands in the South China Sea and the waters surrounding them are formed over a longstanding historical process. It is not something based on any so-called man-made facilities there or feature there. We have to make sure we have sufficient means to safeguard our sovereignty and lawful rights there and we have sufficient means to maintain peace and stability there. Nobody would have any more illusion that they could continue to provoke. We are very concerned about this latest development. But whatever is happening now, will not change our position on the sovereignty in the region, will not weaken our determination to safeguard our sovereignty, will not weaken our commitment to seeking a peaceful solution to the disputes with the countries directly concerned, and certainly will not weaken our position and commitment to developing a healthy and strong relationship with the United States. But we see it as two-way traffic. We have to have a reciprocal action from the United States.


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