Progress made on South China Sea code of conduct

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This tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled in July 2016 to invalidate China’s expansive claim over the South China Sea, but China has refused to comply with this ruling.

The U.S. State Department said it understood ASEAN and China had “not agreed on a text of a Code of Conduct, but on an initial framework describing how such a document might be structured”.

“This is the first time we see what appears to be a drone flown by Chinese ships that are sailing within territorial waters”, Suga said.

China’s government has also repeatedly asserted that it can do whatever it likes on what it says is its own territory. The move drew an angry response from Beijing, whose help Washington has been soliciting to help rein in North Korea.

“Many, many countries wanted it to be legally binding”.

According to Duterte, Xi responded, “Well if you force this, we’ll be forced to tell you the truth”.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the code of conduct on the West Philippine Sea should be binding to all Asean member-states and China, but admitted that it would be hard to force everyone to comply as there is no court before which disputes may be raised.

They talked the issue at the 14th ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC in Guiyang city, China’s Guizhou province on May 18.

The so-called South China Sea dispute between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and even tiny Brunei, has been going on for a long time.

He noted that the development of theoretical bases and technology of China in this direction has reached “unprecedented success”, with the result that the country took the leading position in the world in the production of “combustible ice”.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santa Romana will lead the Philippine delegation while China’s side will be headed by Vice Foreign Minister Liu.

On the same day, China and the Philippines held their first session in a two-way consultation process on “the importance of appropriately handling concerns, incidents and disputes involving the South China Sea“, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Inada said two F-15 fighter jets, one E-2C early warning aircraft and an AWACS surveillance plane were sent to the scene.

China also said it would be forced to tell him the truth if he pressed the issue. “But if you force the issue, we will go to war”, Duterte said, quoting Xi in one of their recent exchanges. We want to maintain the present warm relationship. However, he emphasized that personally, he would not go to war with China because it would only result to a massacre and destruction.

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