China won't accept South China Sea arbitration: military spokesperson

Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, told a press briefing Thursday that China would neither accept nor participate in the South China Sea arbitration initiated by the Philippines.

"China does not accept any means of third-party dispute settlement or any solution imposed on China," Wu said.

Wu also answered questions on other subjects.

Member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will launch a joint military exercise against terrorism in September in Kyrgyzstan, said Wu. The whole exercise will include about 11,000 troops.

The seventh Xiangshan Forum will be held in Beijing from Oct. 10 to 12, with international defense officials and scholars gathering to discuss a new pattern of international relations.

Wu also said China will employ various means to enhance security protection and quick reaction ability of its UN peacekeeping troops. China's determination to safeguard world peace will not be swayed by difficulties and obstacles, he said.

Source: Xinhua