ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
South China Sea dispute still unstableBy David Swartzemtruber
Following news from Vietnam earlier this week that China and Vietnam had an amicable meeting and had resolved to settle issues in the South China Sea “peacefully,” China’s state controlled media lashed out in the direction of the Philippines today.
It is impossible to even suggest what lies ahead in this ongoing dispute, however, it is clear that all the parties need to talk with each other to reach an agreement to establish who has sovereignty over the various parts of the waterway.
Such a conference will not be easy as it involves the complex issue of maritime law, national boundaries and overlapping territorial rights.
Asean should take the initiative in this matter, before matters escalate.
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