China Adopts Maritime Code with ASEAN

China Adopts Maritime Code with ASEAN

China Adopts Maritime Code with ASEAN

In a 46-page joint communiqué released Sunday, the 10-member bloc, noting the "improving cooperation between ASEAN and China", said it was encouraged by the conclusion and adoption of the COC framework on the South China Sea.

The Kono statement represents the sincerity of Japan, Wang said.

This has also been the position taken by the Philippines under President Duterte, chairman of ASEAN on its 50th anniversary this year.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states, the USA and other Western governments.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea that will slash the nation's $3 billion of annual export revenue by a third in response to Pyongyang's two long-range missile tests in July.

"Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against [North Korea] are fundamentally eliminated", he said.

Just as their agreement was being hailed as a milestone for two sides that have long failed to see eye to eye, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi set conditions for the talks to proceed.

The Philippines also avoided a pointed reference to the 2016 United Nations arbitral ruling that favored Manila over China.

Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and jointly safeguard the global free trade regime.

During their meeting, Tillerson, Kono and Bishop stressed the need to protect freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, a key shipping lane believed to be rich in marine and mineral resources.

In July 2016, the arbitral tribunal in the Hague ruled that Beijing has no legal or historical basis for its nine-dash line, which demarcates its claims to nearly the entire South China Sea. Originally reefs, additional dumping of sand and other materials have transformed them in to the islands of Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross - all of which are now under China's control and subject to increased military activity.

"If in one way, I'm using the decision and we're getting nowhere, versus not using the decision and using other means, other documents, other historical documents, but we're making progress - [do] you want to go back?" said Cayetano.

Undoubtedly, from the Chinese perspective, the U.S. -Australia-Japan joint statement seriously broke the top hidden rule of foreign diplomacy: never make others lose face publicly.

In July, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop criticized China's reclamation in the South China Sea and urged all claimants to respect worldwide law.

"We are confident that China-ASEAN relations will move from a period of rapid growth to a period of maturity and further to build on that to move forward to a comprehensive strategic partnership", he added.

"We sent a message to them that all ASEAN countries are not happy with the actions of North Korea that still continue to violate the United Nations resolution", he told reporters, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.