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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    13 July 2012

China says maritime declaration must be 'implemented by all'

12-July-2012

China yesterday a code of conduct in the South China Sea depended upon "all" parties implementing an Asean-Chinese declaration adopted in Phnom Penh a decade ago.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was referring to the Declaration of the Conduct (DOC) of the Parties in the South China Sea signed by Asean foreign ministers and a special Chinese envoy in Phnom Penh in 2002.

With China and Asean members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam having overlapping claims in the South China Sea, a pressing recent focus has been on devising a code of conduct (COC) by Asean members and China.
 
Fu said there were "suggestions from Asean ministers to launch the discussion of COC." She quoted Yang as saying   that "when the time arrives, the parties to the DOC will proceed into discussion of COC."

"The Chinese minister would like to give serious consideration of the proposal and would like to see the condition arrive for exploring the possibility for discussing COC," she said.

Fu also said that the Chinese minister stressed that "in order to have good conditions for future discussing of COC, it is important that the DOC is implemented by all.

"If some members violate or ignore DOC, that is not good for improving trust, understanding and confidence among the members," she said, apparently referring to the Philippines and Vietnam.


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