On the final day of the Shangri-La Dialogue, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army spoke about disputes in the South China Sea. Wang Guanzhong said China has had indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea for around 2,000 years. He said China has signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and fully respects it.
Lt. General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of PLA General Staff, said, "The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is not suited to determining the ownership of islands and reefs. Maritime law is a vast and rich legal system that includes more than just the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In addition, maritime law is not the only standard for adjusting rights of different countries. So it is incorrect to depend only on the the Convention on the Law of the Sea. China has signed the Convention and fully respects it. But the US has not signed it because it doesn’t benefit them. It is nonsense for the US to talking about the issue of a convention that they have not even signed."