Yi WANG, the Chinese Foreign Minister, kept emphasizing “history and territory” as the main reasons why China would not budget with Japan or the Southeast Asian countries with which it has territorial disputes with.
An interesting note was that in the article, WANG is quoted as saying they will “properly handle by peaceful means on this basis of respecting historical facts and international law.” Which clearly goes against his early quote of “no room for compromise”.
So, what I take WANG’s quote to mean is that based on ‘Chinese interpretation of their historical facts’ they will continue to ‘peacefully negotiate’ (with water cannons and clear violations of a nation’s waters by having frigates and other vessels pass through the area) until the matter is resolved.
The article then speaks about China’s view on the the situation in North Korea and the Six Party talks; but it seems pure rhetoric: “Denuclearize North Korea and re-start the six-party talks” … and when that doesn’t work, like it hasn’t in the past. What will China do? Or is China doing what it can internationally to make the world think they are helping to “fix” North Korea, but secretly enjoying their existence — by keeping the focus (human rights and otherwise) off of China?
Original article @ http://nyti.ms/MX6Of1