Closer China-Asean relations

Closer China-Asean relations

Closer China-Asean relations

Kono spoke through an interpreter, however, when he answered questions regarding contentious issues such as North Korea and the South China Sea.

"The COC not only serves regional trust-building, but also sets a foundation for long-term peace and stability in the South China Sea", he told Xinhua.

The diplomat says the South China Sea may be settled faster and will likely not carry sensitive issues that China objects to because the ministers are aware of Beijing's crucial economic and trade relations with ASEAN member states.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar also said on Monday that he did not see a contradiction between the Philippines' stand and the concern raised by Australia, Japan, and the U.S. Reuters says that Australia, Japan, and the USA had insisted on the code of conduct being legally binding, and the South China Morning Post indicates that Vietnam also pushed for legal rules in the sea, which Beijing strongly opposes.

They called on "all claimants to make and clarify their maritime claims" and to "resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with the global law of the sea".

The Japanese and Chinese ministers met on the sidelines of a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related gatherings, which marked Kono's debut on the world stage Sunday.

Ri re-affirmed Pyongyang's position on the matter during the meeting, Wang said.

They also called on China and the Philippines to respect last year's ruling by an global arbitration tribunal, which dismissed most of Beijing's claims to the sea. It does not outline as an initial objective the need to make the code legally binding and enforceable, or have a dispute resolution mechanism.

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Palaniswami government, he said it had mortgaged the interests and rights of the state with the Centre and got licence only for corruption.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6th L) attends the signing ceremony of the amended version of the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing China-ASEAN Center in Manila, the Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea.

To prevent conflicts and maintain order in the South China Sea, it is indispensable to lay down legally binding worldwide rules.

"The South China Sea doesn't only include the Spratly Islands, and for Vietnam, developments on the disputed Paracels are just as destabilising".

"Only a few foreign ministers expressed their concern on land reclamation, so this is not a consensus between the 10 ASEAN countries, because only one or two foreign ministers raised their concern [regarding this issue.] I want to tell everyone here that China stopped its land reclamation two years ago, or in other words, we have already concluded our land reclamation projects".

The Philippines, under President Benigno Aquino, was one of the most vocal critics of China and filed a case before a UN-backed arbitration, which previous year ruled that China's claims to the sea had no legal basis.

Right panel shows China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd from right ) speaking with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho (2nd from left) during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asean regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017.

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