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Statement by H.E. Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations At the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly On Agenda Item 76: Oceans and the law of the sea


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Mr. President,

This year, affairs related to oceans and law of the sea have received more attention from the international community with further implementation of the regimes under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and increasingly close international cooperation and interaction on matters of oceans and seas. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the UNCLOS and China will take advantage of that opportunity to make greater efforts together with other countries to build a harmonious ocean to promote peace, security and openness of the ocean, based on the international law, including the Convention, and to strive for the balance of science-based protection of the ocean on the one hand and rational utilization of the ocean on the other, to achieve common development for all members of the international community and mutually beneficial win-win results.

Guided by the concept of harmonious maritime order, the Chinese delegation took an active part in the consultations on the draft resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea and on sustainable fisheries during the current session of the General Assembly. Here, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Ambassador Valle of Brazil and Ms. Holly of the United States for their contribution as coordinators for these two resolutions.

Mr. President,

I wish to take this opportunity to elaborate my delegation's position and views on questions related to this item.

I. On the work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the work of the Commission and commends the diligent work of the members of the Commission and the results achieved. We support the Commission in fulfilling its responsibilities in strict compliance with the Convention and the Commission's Rules of Procedure and hope that the delineation of the outer continental shelf will balance the legitimate rights and interests of the coastal States and the interests of international community as a whole. Now the Commission is tasked with very heavy workload, however many members from the develo