South Korea on Tuesday rejected the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s proposal to hold a meeting of political parties and social organizations from the two Koreas around August 15 marking the 71st anniversary of the Korean peninsula's liberation from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.
Peaceful negotiation is the best solution to the disputes between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, given the historical background and the complexity of the issue.
The ninth meeting of China-Vietnam steering committee on cooperation was held Monday in Vietnam's capital Hanoi under the co-chair of Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
In an op-ed recently carried by the French daily Le Figaro, Chinese Ambassador to France Zhai Jun has reiterated the country's stance that China does not accept the arbitration on the South China Sea issue.
The Okinawa prefecture lodged a fresh protest Monday to the US military over a case of DUI committed by a US Base worker a day earlier.
The disputes over the South China Sea between China and the Philippines are not appropriate for a judicial settlement or arbitration.
Experts in international law from around the world have urged the Philippines to return to the negotiating table with China to solve the South China Sea issue in a reasoned and peaceful manner.
High-ranking officials of China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to effectively control the maritime situation and research and discuss joint development in the South China Sea.
It is widely believed that the verdict on the arbitration case against China over South China Sea disputes unilaterally filed by the Philippines will not be legally binding.
"Bilateral agreement is the best solution" for resolving the dispute in the South China Sea, Spanish political scientist and PhD in Intercultural Studies Marc Selgas Cors said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
A group of experts on international law voiced their doubts and concerns on Sunday over the South China Sea arbitration, warning the proceedings of the case are questionable.
Any verdict by the Arbitral Tribunal on the South China Sea will be of no legal validity, a host of veteran law experts said on Sunday.