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China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines' request to take the South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks after the Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ed Royce, met Philippine officials on Tuesday.
Royce says China should agree to face the Philippines before a UN arbitration tribunal to avoid regional turbulence.
China signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2002.
According to the declaration, relevant disputes should be solved through friendly talks and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "I have made clear China’s stance on the Philippines’ demand to go to arbitration last week. China disagrees with the moves that go against the consensus reached before."