Updated: 20:10 GMT + 7, Thursday 17/10/2019
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ASEAN, China finalize the first draft framework of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (South China Sea)

On March 30th, ASEAN and Chinese senior officials have come up with  the first draft on the legal framework of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (South China Sea). The draft will be brought home before futher discussion at the SOM scheduled for May this year in China. However, the content of the draft is not revealed.

ASEAN and China began negotiations on the COC in 2010. The two sides intend to finalize the draft framework of COC by the middle of 2017.


ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 19th ASEAN-China Summit in Vientiane, Laos on September 7th, 2016

Speaking at a regular press conference on March 30th on the ASEAN discussion on COC in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh said ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Community shared interests in maintaining peace, security, and stability in the region and the East Sea and “on that basis, ASEAN including Vietnam, agreed on the need of early completion of the COC to ensure peace, maritime security and safety,  and freedom of navigation in the East Sea (South China Sea) in line with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.”./.

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