China president wants closeness with ASEAN nations

Postado Agosto 14, 2017

"That's why, if you look at our statement, it is directed to all states that we shouldn't do anything in the area unilaterally and shouldn't do anything that will make us regret and lose trust and lead to conflict", Cayetano said.

MANY will find the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers' joint communiqué on the South China Sea disputes wanting in so many ways.

"We know it is just his 5th day in his new capacity as Foreign Minister (August 8) but we are very thankful that he made a decision to attend the conference to participate very actively to articulate Japan's positions in different issues", he said.

The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration concluded a year ago that Beijing's claims to areas of the resource-rich sea have no legal basis in an arbitration launched by the Philippines, whose "sovereign rights" it said China had violated.

Cayetano issued this statement even as the Philippines initially did not want to include land reclamation and militarization activities in the document.

As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India's Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as "Shared Values, Common Destiny".

"ASEAN was under tremendous pressure, but still held on to its principles", Nauert said.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Cayetano's approach on how to deal with China' extensive claim to the resource-rich waters was just "overly-interpreted".

Reuters says that Australia, Japan, and the USA had insisted on the code of conduct being legally binding, and the South China Morning Post indicates that Vietnam also pushed for legal rules in the sea, which Beijing strongly opposes.

According to Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Beijing continues to reclaim in the Paracel Islands, the most recent examples are at Tree Island and North Island.

Wang said on Monday night that with the joint efforts of China and Asean countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilised, and pragmatic cooperation has unfolded.