BEIJING - Chinese President Hu Jintao told his Philippino counterpart Benigno Aquino III that China's stance and proposition on the South China Sea issue has been consistent and explicit.
During the talks between the two presidents in Beijing Wednesday afternoon, Hu said China has always insisted that the South China Sea disputes should be resolved peacefully through consultation and negotiation between the two countries concerned.
"Before the disputes are resolved, the countries concerned may put aside the disputes and actively explore ways of common development in the related sea areas," Hu said.
"This is in the common interests of the countries concerned," Hu added.
Hu said China is ready to work with ASEAN countries including the Philippines to actively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and jointly develop the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.
Aquino reiterated that the Philippines works on maintaining peace and stability in the region and implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.
Aquino said the South China Sea issue does not constitute all the Philippines-China relations, and the issue should not affect the development of bilateral ties and friendly cooperation in various fields.
He expressed the hope that this issue should be resolved on an early date so as to bring benefits to the people of both countries.
Aquino is in Beijing for a five-day state visit to China.