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Wang Yi: Focus of Disputes on Nansha Islands Between China and Some Nations not Lies in Nine-Dash Line

On August 3 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at request at the press conference held in Singapore that the "nine-dash line" was delimited by the Chinese government in the 1940s and has been upheld by the successive Chinese governments. It is obviously unfair to evaluate the "nine-dash line" based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that was released 40 years later. The focus of disputes on the Nansha Islands between China and some nations does not lie in the "nine-dash line", but rather lies in the disputes over territorial sovereignty caused by the illegal occupation of some islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands by these nations. The position of the Chinese government on this issue is consistently clear. China will safeguard its sovereignty and rights and interests over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters in accordance with law. Now some people try to make a fuss about the "nine-dash line"; it is either because they do not know much about history or because have an ulterior motive.


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