BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- China is committed to solving disputes over the South China Sea through dialogue and consultation, and advancing cooperation with the Philippines, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Thursday.
Geng made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to a statement released by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Wednesday. The statement was made on the one year anniversary of an "award" issued on the South China Sea arbitration.
Reports said the statement, which attributes regional peace and stability to the healthy environment of dialogue, cooperation and development, has released goodwill to the Chinese side and is beneficial to regional peace and stability.
China agrees that territorial disputes should be resolved in a manner consistent with the spirit of good neighborhood relations, and hails and supports the independent foreign policy of the Philippines, Geng said.
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Story Quote: "and hails and supports the independent foreign policy of the Philippines"
PacificSentinel: The problem is that the Philippines doesn't have an "independent foreign policy", it went from butt kissing the US, to butt kissing China & Russia, a truly "independent foreign policy" would walk the middle ground between all 3 of them, while bowing to none.