General Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC), meets with General Surapong Suwana-adth (L), chief of joint staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, in Beijing on July 19, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
BEIJING, July 20 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese military's resolve to safeguard China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea will not be shaken in the least by the so-called award of the Arbitral Tribunal for the South China Sea arbitration, a senior Chinese military official said on Tuesday.
The South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines is nothing but a political farce cloaked in law, the so-called award is null and void without binding force, China will neither accept nor recognized it, said Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC, during his talks with General Surapong Suwana-adth, chief of joint staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, in Beijing.
Noting China and Thailand as good neighbors, friends and partners, Fang said that Chinese president Xi Jinping and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha have reached important consensuses on further developing the China-Thailand comprehensive strategic partnership in their multiple meetings, pointing out the direction for bilateral relation development.
The militaries of both countries have witnessed frequent exchange of high-level visits in recent years, continuously deepening strategic mutual trust and fruitful results in practical cooperation, he added.
Fang said China stands ready to work with Thailand to continue strengthening strategic communication between the two militaries, and deepen their exchange and cooperation in areas of joint drill and training, counter terrorism, personnel training and multilateral affairs.
Fang also briefed his Thai guest of the Chinese government and people's stance on the South China Sea issue. China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea have been established over more than 2,000 years of historical practices and well evidenced in historical and legal documents, Fang stated, adding that a piece of so-called award that is filled with lies and fallacies will not deny them, nor will it shake in the least China's steadfast resolve and will to safeguard them, Fang said.
Surapong said Thailand attaches great importance to developing relations with China and Chinese military, and is willing to strengthen exchange and cooperation in such areas as joint military drills and training, counter terrorism, training of young military officers, and disaster relief.
He hoped the relevant parties can settle their disputes over the South China Sea through negotiation and consultation.
Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under CMC, was also present at the meeting.