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Wang Yi Held a Phone Conversation with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa
2014/05/14

On May 14, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Wang Yi briefed his counterpart on the actual situation of maritime friction between China and Vietnam, and emphasized that the Chinese enterprise is carrying out normal drilling activities in China's Xisha Islands and its contiguous zone which have already begun ten years ago. The violent disruptions and ramming by a large number of Vietnamese vessels are why the situation has become tense. What the Vietnamese has done has violated China's sovereignty and jurisdiction, run counter to a series of international agreements safeguarding maritime security, and undermined peace and stability of the South China Sea. Wang Yi said that China's position on safeguarding its legitimate sovereign rights and interests is firm, clear and will not change. China and Vietnam are having communication that is needed on the current situation. We urge the Vietnamese side to calm down, respect China's sovereignty and jurisdiction and refrain from further complicating and aggravating the situation. China also hopes that ASEAN member countries can have a clear understanding of the basic facts of this incident, and together with China continue to safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea.

Marty said that China is an important pivot in maintaining regional peace, stability and prosperity. Indonesia takes no side on the sovereignty issue of the South China Sea, and is willing to work with China to safeguard regional peace and stability of the South China Sea.

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