Singapore (August 03, 2018): China and Southeast Asian Nations have arrived at a single draft negotiating text of the Code of Conduct (COC) in disputed South China Sea.
Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister said in ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, that approval of the draft was good news and a breakthrough.He further added that facts will prove that China and ASEAN member states are capable of maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and reaching regional rules adhered to by all through negotiations.
Wang Yi also claimed that China will provide service on scientific research and meteorology for the regional countries in the future.A code of conduct between Beijing and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to govern behavior in the strategic sea has been years in the making.
According to an international news agency, the draft document outlines different countries’ bargaining positions as they work towards an agreement, and analysts said it represented some initial progress.
According to details, Vietnam offers the strongest opposition to Beijing’s activities, calling for countries to stop building artificial islands and establishing military installations, but there was little sign of serious resistance from other countries.Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims to China’s in the sea.
Tensions have escalated in recent years due to Beijing building artificial islands that can host military bases.