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Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2018

Q: According to reports, recently, the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Centre was inaugurated in the presence of Vladimir Ryabinin, Assistant Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). What role is this centre going to play? How do you comment on that?

A: According to our information, in order to strengthen the tsunami monitoring and advisory in the South China Sea region and with the authorization of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, China has set up the South China Sea Tsunami Advisory Centre, which was put into trial operation at the end of January. The centre will provide 24-hour tsunami monitoring and advisory services to the neighboring countries of the South China Sea, including Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and China. It will also organize regional training and publicity activities.

The Chinese people and the people of countries in this region have lived in the areas neighboring the South China Sea for generations and we enjoy long-standing friendship. China always stands for and stays committed to advancing maritime practical cooperation between littoral states of the South China Sea and fulfilling the cooperation obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This serves the common interests of countries in this region and benefits people of all countries in the long run. China stands ready to continue to provide public goods and services for countries in this region and work with them to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea, advance maritime practical cooperation, and build the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.

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