ASEAN Forum might draft a principle of conduct in South China Sea to press on China

July 18, the information of ASEAN countries might be drafting a principle of conduct in South China Sea released from the Forum meetings in Bali and reported by Global Times. The draft will refer to military exercises, natural resources explorations and the proper reaction of the regional conflicts. They think it would be necessary to formulate a principle for the Declaration on the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea has no legally binding. Philippine hopes to the draft which also can press on China will be accomplished as soon as possible.

The disputes in South China Sea have becoming the main issue of the meeting. The foreign minister of Indonesia said it is true that the issues of South China Sea had taken their attention. The ASEAN plan to accomplish the consult of these principles before November, he said.

The Japanese media said this forum would urge the relative ones to respect the South China Sea area and the freedom of navigation over this area, and would formulate the conduct principles in the East Asia Summit in November.

Source: Globle Times

Translated and edited by Yang Jingmin

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