Hong Lei, spokesman for China's foreign ministry. (File photo/Xinhua)
A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry said Monday that China will make its Partial Submission Concerning the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 Nautical Miles in the East China Sea to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
Hong Lei made the remarks when commenting on South Korea's recent decision to submit a document on the country's continental shelf limits to the commission.
According to media reports, the Republic of Korea is set to claim that the country's shelf naturally stretches to the Okinawa Trough in the East China Sea.
China has always upheld that the natural prolongation of its continental shelf in the East China Sea extends to the Okinawa Trough and beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of China is measured. Therefore, some reports concluded that South Korea and China have a largely similar stance on the issue while the Japanese government rejected the two countries' joint preliminary claim filed in 2009.
China's preparations for the submission have been basically completed, Hong said.
He added China's stance on the East China Sea is consistent and clear, saying China has noted the reports on South Korea's plan.