On Wednesday, CCTV’s Wang Guan caught up with former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing. The straight-talking veteran Chinese diplomat shared his thoughts on the U.S.-Japan defense treaty, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent speech before the U.S. Congress, and the conflicts in the South China Sea.
One more question for Li Zhaoxing:What's happening in the S.China Sea?On Wednesday, CCTV's Wang Guan caught up with former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing. The blunt-talking veteran Chinese diplomat shared his thoughts on the U.S.-Japan defense treaty, Prime Minister Abe's recent speech before the U.S. Congress and the South China Sea.
“I think, we must be very clear, that China is going down a path of peaceful development. Anyone who distorts China’s foreign policies, and claims that China deters and threatens others in South China Sea and East China Sea. Those claims are nonsense. China does not threaten any country. We want to maintain peace and development, along with other countries. That benefits everyone in the world. The fundamental interests of the Chinese and people from other countries are identical. “
Wang also asked him what his thoughts were on Obama’s statement that China has been flexing its muscle in the South China Sea.
“I think, some country did not even ratify the UN Convention on the Law on the Sea. And they have the right to say that?” Li said.