Chinese government said on Tuesday Vietnam had caused concern by agreeing
with BP, a British oil company, to build a gas pipeline in the South China Sea.
indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and neighboring areas," Foreign
Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing.
"Vietnam's new actions
infringing on China's sovereignty, sovereign power and administrative rights in
the Nansha Islands (in the South China Sea) go against the important consensus
reached by leaders of the two countries on this maritime issue," he emphasized.
"It is not beneficial to stability in the South China
Sea area. China is paying close attention, and we have already made serious
representations to the Vietnamese side," the spokesman said. "With everyone's
hard work, the situation in the South China Sea has been stable."
Qin also said that the February 13 agreement on the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear issue may have run afoul of some difficulties,
but that does not mean the Six-Party Talks have failed or will be rendered
are natural because the talks have never been smooth, but the fact that the
situation has encountered difficulties doesn't mean that the talks don't work,"
Qin said at a news conference.
All parties are committed to the idea that negotiations are the only way to
achieve a stable, nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and the normalization of
diplomatic ties, he added.
The DPRK (North Korea) walked out of the Six-Party Talks last month when the
transfer of $25 million that had been frozen at Banco Delta Asia in Macao did
not come through.
The latest agreement between the parties gives Pyongyang 60 days to shut down
its nuclear facilities in return for energy aid. That deadline falls on
The US Treasury Department has said that Macao authorities are prepared to
unblock the frozen funds.
The government of Macao Special Administrative
Region said it was aware of the US Treasury statement and that it would work
with all parties involved.
"Simultaneously, it expects all parties concerned to come up with appropriate
and responsible arrangements," the government said on its website.
Qin said Bank of China, which had been initially prepared to accept the
frozen funds on behalf of Pyongyang, still needed more time to think about it.
"It is a publicly listed company and has to conform to its international
obligations and laws," he said.
As for the Darfur issue, Qin said that China hoped that former UN
secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace plan would be implemented and that the UN
troops would be employed as early as possible.