Russia, China in agreement on North Korea and South China Sea

Seeking to counter the influence of Washington and its allies in Asia,Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said External forces should not interfere in the South China Sea issue.

Lavrov, who is on an official visit to China, made the remarks during talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

The foreign ministers of Russia and China expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Lavrov said the South China Sea issue should be resolved peacefully through political means, such as negotiations between the parties directly concerned, while external forces should refrain from interfering.

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and international laws, including the agreements reached between China and Asean, are the legal frameworks that should be followed, said Lavrov.

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