The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement on its official website, saying that China insists on settling the South China Sea dispute with the Philippines through bilateral negotiation. However, the statement said the Philippines’ unilateral initiation of the South China Sea arbitration in 2013 has closed the door on settling the dispute with China through negotiation, which has led to a “dramatic deterioration” in bilateral ties. It reiterated that China will not accept or participate in the South China Sea arbitration.
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