Philippines calls for ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between ASEAN, China on sea code
Chee, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Singapore and coordinator of China-ASEAN relations, said the draft COC framework will be submitted during the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Conference to be held in the Philippines in August this year.
Lin added that the issue should be dealt with through multilateral discussions, based on the principles of shelving differences and seeking joint development of resources.
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) approved a draft framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday.
This after Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that Duterte had practically given the “green light” on China’s reclamation activities in the South China Sea when he did not mention the territorial dispute in his ASEAN Chairman’s Statement.
“Acquiescence means the Philippines will lose forever its EEZ in the West Philippine Sea to China“, Carpio said. “It will provide a good foundation for the next round of consultations”, Mr. Liu was also quoted as telling the South China Morning Post.
On Thursday, China and ASEAN officials met in Guiyan, China and agreed to a framework for the COC.
“China can say, ‘Look we have already reached agreements, are behaving ourselves, so no need for you Americans or others to come in and get in our business, ‘” Huang said in a telephone interview.
A Supreme Court judge called on Saturday for Manila to file an worldwide arbitration case and a complaint with the United Nations over what the country’s leader said was a threat of war made by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“If such exchanges and cooperation are for the benefit of regional peace and security, then we have no opposition”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a media briefing here.
He cited the reaffirmation between Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping that the issue was complex and calls for a peaceful resolution of the disputes.
“His response to me, ‘we’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war'”.
Sta. Romana said the Philippines side raised the issues of arbitration, disputed Spratly islands and the Filipino fishermen’s right to fish in the disputed territory. According to the press release, the second meeting of the BCM will be held in the Philippines in the second half of this year. China violated its sovereign rights of the Philippines in its economic zones including the Scarborough Shoal and the Reed Bank, a large tablemount (underwater mountain) rich in oil and gas deposits.
China claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea (SCS), including islands more than 800 miles from the Chinese mainland, despite objections from neighbours such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
“We have to have an agenda, the structure of the meeting, and the way how to present the case to them first because…we agreed to talk, to have a dialogue”, he said.