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Asean ‘needs South China Sea code’ as Beijing insists on terms for dialogs

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Southeast Asian nations should give top priority to easing tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea, Cambodia’s premier yesterday said, as he stressed the importance of regional stability.

As foreign ministers met in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen said hammering out a code of conduct with China in the disputed waters was a chief goal for the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

China, meanwhile, said it was willing to discuss a code of conduct with Southeast Asian nations over the disputed waters, but insisted any potential pact must not be used to resolve the rival claims.

“When conditions are ripe China would like to discuss with Asean countries the formulation of the CoC (code of conduct),” Agence France Presse quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin as telling journalists in Beijing.

“But I want to stress that the CoC is not aimed at resolving disputes, but aimed at building mutual trust and deepening cooperation.”.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/1355-asean-%E2%80%98needs-south-china-sea-code%E2%80%99-as-beijing-insists-on-terms-for-dialogs

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