South China Sea: China’s foreign minister says maritime code negotiations with ASEAN to start this year

Reuters

August 6, 2017

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, left, poses with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for a photo prior to their bilateral meeting in the sideline of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and its Dialogue Partners. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south Manila, Philippines. Bolstered by new U.N. sanctions, the United States and North Korea’s neighbors are joining in a fresh attempt to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, in a global campaign cheered on by U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA (Reuters) – China’s foreign minister said on Sunday negotiations between Southeast Asian countries and China on a code of conduct for the South China Sea would start this year, and whatever agreement is made must be adhered to.

Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of a regional meeting that there had been “really tangible progress” made between the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China towards settling disputes in the South China Sea, and all sides needed to cherish that momentum.

ASEAN and China have agreed on a framework for how they will go about drafting a code.

Wang said the situation between claimant states was quite different to previous years and was now more relaxed and conducive to stability.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd and Martin Petty; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its “nine dash line.” On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China chose to ignore international law.

Peace and Freedom Comment: How can you trust a party to a Code of Conduct when they have already proven their unwillingness to follow international law? For China, legally binding means nothing…

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One Response to “South China Sea: China’s foreign minister says maritime code negotiations with ASEAN to start this year”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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