ASEAN top diplomats concerned over situation in Korean Peninsula - communique

07 August, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Motorists drive past an Armoured Personnel Carrier parked near the venue of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Pasay city metro Manila Philippines

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said the framework COC is expected to be adopted at the ASEAN China Ministerial Meeting slated here on August 6.

The Spratly Islands, also known as the Nansha Islands, in the South China Sea are disputed territories between China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia.

When asked whether Pyongyang would agree to start six-party talks, Wang said it is not easy.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said earlier that the ASEAN ministers were divided over a US proposal to remove North Korea from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-member grouping that includes the North, along with its most bitter adversaries - South Korea, the United States and Japan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the move created a solid foundation for negotiations that could start this year if "the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable and on the premise that there is no major interference from outside parties".

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Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors have agreed to a framework of the COC in an effort to ease tension or prevent future clashes in the resource-rich waterways.

He affirmed Vietnam's consistent stance on the importance of peace, stability, overflight and maritime security and safety in the East Sea to peace and stability in the region.

These have all the makings of more dissenting voices emerging in the run-up to the culminating summit in November, voices not necessarily only Asean in origin but also those of China, Japan and the United States and their respective interests in the regional bloc in whose territorial waters traverse an estimated $5 trillion of trade annually.

The framework was agreed by senior diplomats from Asean and China in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang in May.

"We wish Singapore well in these two roles", added Mr Wang.

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China claims almost all of the strategically vital sea, including waters approaching the coasts of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

"These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world", the ministers said in their statement.

Sixth, to build new pillars for people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, ensure the success of the China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation Year, and issue a joint statement on tourism cooperation so as to consolidate public support and social foundation for bilateral relations.

This time around, the channels of diplomatic sources at the Asean foreign ministers now meeting in Manila, are abuzz about the strong dissenting voice of Vietnam urging the 10-member regional bloc to take a stronger stance against China's Asian hegemonic ambitions and creeping expansionism in disputed waters.

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