ASEAN ministers seek solution for South China Sea conflict

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brunei-aseanSoutheast Asian foreign ministers gathered on June 30 at the ASEAN summit in Brunei to intensify discussions with China on a binding code of conduct in the South China Sea amid concerns over rising tensions, dpa news agency reported.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the absence of a legally binding code among countries with conflicting maritime claims would only result in “more uncertainty.”

The ministers were scheduled to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi later in the day.

Four ASEAN members – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei – claim territories in the South China Sea, while China claims the whole area. Taiwan also stakes claim on some territories.

Security analysts have expressed concern about a growing number of incidents and increased tension in the area, most recently the May 9 killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard.

Other topics at the summit include those related to the roadmap for an ASEAN community, ASEAN’s future direction and ASEAN’s external relations, according to the ASEAN secretariat.

Foreign ministers of major powers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are also attending the summit.

 

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Southeast Asian foreign ministers gathered on June 30 at the ASEAN summit in Brunei to intensify discussions with China on a binding code of conduct in the South China Sea amid concerns over rising tensions, dpa news agency reported.

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brunei-aseanSoutheast Asian foreign ministers gathered on June 30 at the ASEAN summit in Brunei to intensify discussions with China on a binding code of conduct in the South China Sea amid concerns over rising tensions, dpa news agency reported.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the absence of a legally binding code among countries with conflicting maritime claims would only result in “more uncertainty.”

The ministers were scheduled to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi later in the day.

Four ASEAN members – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei – claim territories in the South China Sea, while China claims the whole area. Taiwan also stakes claim on some territories.

Security analysts have expressed concern about a growing number of incidents and increased tension in the area, most recently the May 9 killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard.

Other topics at the summit include those related to the roadmap for an ASEAN community, ASEAN’s future direction and ASEAN’s external relations, according to the ASEAN secretariat.

Foreign ministers of major powers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are also attending the summit.

 

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