Top envoy to Philippines: China committed to settle disputes via peaceful means

MANILA, March 23 (Xinhua) — China is committed to settling international disputes through peaceful means and preserving regional security, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao said Monday, referring to the recent tension in the region after a Philippine law extends the archipelago’s territorial claim over China’s islands in the South China Sea.

Liu, addressing nearly 1,000 guests at the reception of his assumption of the top envoy post in Manila, called for parties concerned “to engage in cooperation rather than confrontation” in the South China Sea.

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