Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Remarks on China-related Remarks by Philippine High-level Official
Q: It is reported that the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on May 3, protesting against Chinese Coast Guard vessels’ patrols in waters off the Huangyan Island. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin also made insulting remarks on his personal social media account. Meanwhile, we have noted that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said, “China remains to be our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful.” Does China have any comment?
A: The Huangyan Island is China’s territory and its adjacent waters are under China’s jurisdiction. China urges the Philippine side to earnestly respect China’s sovereignty and jurisdiction, and stop taking actions that may complicate the situation. Facts have proven time and time again that megaphone diplomacy can only undermine mutual trust rather than change reality. We hope that certain individual from the Philippine side will mind basic manners and act in ways that suit his status.
Just as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said, the differences and disputes between the two countries on some issues should not affect the overall friendship and cooperation, which is also an important consensus reached by China and the Philippines on many occasions. China has always been and will remain committed to properly handling differences and advancing cooperation with the Philippines through friendly consultation, and will continue to provide assistance within its capacity to the Philippines in its efforts to fight the epidemic and resume economic development.