Talks key to resolving sea disputes
Updated: 2012-01-09 14:33
Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received an interview with Chinanews.com on Friday, and reaffirmed China's stance on sea disputes with neighboring countries – seeking cooperation for common benefits and resolving disputes through dialogue.
Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, receives an interview with Chinanews.com on Friday. [Photo/Chinanews.com]
Topic: China's sea borders
Q: What do you think of the Chinese boundary and maritime delimitation policies – some say they are getting harder, while others say they are too soft?
A: China has consistent boundary and maritime delimitation policies, which may seem harder or softer to people from different backgrounds depending on their stance and perspective. There is no doubt the Chinese government has the resolve, confidence and ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We advocate resolution of territorial disputes through negotiation and dialogue with relevant countries.
Q: What is the size of the Chinese sea territory? How much of it is disputed area and which countries are involved in the disputes?
A: We have a sea territory of three million sq km and the disputed area is yet to be determined through negotiation with relevant countries. We have eight neighboring countries by sea and the maritime delimitation is still unfinished.