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South China Sea code of conduct draft approved

IANS  |  Beijing 

and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have adopted a draft of a multilateral code of conduct in the South Sea, officials said on Friday.

Representatives of and the 10 nations (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) reached an agreement on the draft on Thursday, following two days of meetings in the city of Guiyang.

The draft establishes a solid foundation for the next round of negotiations, said Liu Zhenmin, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, at a press conference.

The had pledged in April to finalise the code of conduct to diffuse tensions in the South Sea, Efe news reported.

Four members, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, along with Taiwan and China, contest the sovereignty of several islands of this strategic maritime space, which claims almost in its entirety.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 11:34 IST
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