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ASEAN 'framework' on South China Sea tiptoes around the real issue

13 August 2017, 11:40 | Terri Saunders

ASEAN 'framework' on South China Sea tiptoes around the real issue

ASEAN 'framework' on South China Sea tiptoes around the real issue

Wang said on Monday night that with the joint efforts of China and Asean countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilised, and pragmatic cooperation has unfolded.

"I think that's overly interpreting things".

According to a Japanese government official, Wang also told Kono that China opposes each country imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.

The DFA chief said the Philippines did not insist on its own position in order to fast-track attainment of a consensus, stressing the importance of producing a joint communique for the 10-nation regional bloc, which marked its 50th anniversary this week.

It was only 3 days after Cayetano and other Southeast Asian ministers told North Korea what to do: to stop its missile tests.

China has always taken ASEAN as a priority in its foreign diplomacy and has always supported ASEAN in taking a central role in regional cooperation and a bigger role in dealing with worldwide and regional affairs, Wang said.

While the ministers did not share similar views on certain issues, their ability to forge a joint communique is testament to ASEAN centrality, Cayetano pointed out.

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The tribunal ruled that the Spratlys - the main territory under dispute in the sea - were not islands, rather reefs, and "cannot generate maritime zones", or extend China's territorial claims, as maintained by Beijing.

The three countries called on China and the Philippines to honor an arbitration ruling made previous year.

Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and jointly safeguard the global free trade regime. They also called on China to respect an global arbitration ruling past year that dismissed much of the country's claims in the sea.

It is said that Vietnam wanted a more assertive ASEAN communiqué at the end of their meeting in Manila this week, but the other ASEAN nations, notably Cambodia, opted for a non-confrontational stand against China. 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.

".It doesn't mean all differences have gone away but by focusing on the overall dynamics of the relationship, we can achieve positive progress, confidence and move forward".

The award would form the "basis of other various decisions to come based on the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas)", Kono said in a press conference later. This is a testament to the value the United States places on our partnership with ASEAN and, as a Pacific nation, our engagement with the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Later Monday, Kono, who is said to have connections with US officials and lawmakers, held a news conference for foreign reporters at the global media center, also a rare move for Japan's top diplomat.



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