Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on July 6, 2016


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei


Foreign Ministry of the People's Rebulic of China


 July 6, 2016


Q: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly said in a speech on June 5 that he was ready to talk to China after the ruling of the South China Sea arbitration case. What’s your comment? A: The South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippine Aquino administration is illegal, null and void from the outset. China will never accept nor recognize whatever ruling the arbitral tribunal may produce. And China does not accept any proposal or action by any country based on the ruling. Bilateral and friendly dialogue and consultation is the only right and viable way to properly resolve the dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. We hope that the new Philippine government will work in unison with us, veer away from the wrong path taken by the former government, return to the right track of having dialogue and consultation with China, and make tangible efforts to improve and develop China-Philippines relations.