BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhua) — Dozens of countries have expressed support for China’s stance on the South China Sea dispute, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.
Hua at a regular news briefing rejected reports that only eight countries back China on the issue, saying, “I knew some Western media sometimes call black white but I didn’t expect they would have problems with numbers.”
More and more countries are showing China their support after they have a better understanding of the issue and the nature of the arbitration, Hua said, noting Zambia, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Malawi have recently joined the list.
China and Serbia stressed in a joint statement Saturday that the South China Sea dispute should be settled by parties directly concerned through friendly consultations and negotiations, Hua said.
Those directly involved should abide by bilateral agreements and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) while seeking a peaceful solution, she said.