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ASEAN keen to further fast-track S. China Sea code of conduct – chief

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is ready to further speed up the process to create a legally binding “code of conduct” in the South China Sea with China, its chief said recently.

The flags of ASEAN nations raised in MH Thamrin Avenue, Jakarta, during 18th ASEAN Summit, Jakarta, 8 May 2011. | PHOTO: Grabbed from Wikipedia | Manila Bulletin

FILE PHOTO: The flags of ASEAN nations raised in MH Thamrin Avenue, Jakarta, during 18th ASEAN Summit, Jakarta, 8 May 2011. | PHOTO: Grabbed from Wikipedia | Manila Bulletin

Last year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed to fast-track consultations on the code of conduct, including by developing a framework for the code by mid-2017.

Stressing that the 10-member grouping welcomes the proposal, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh told Kyodo News in a recent written interview that “ASEAN and China have agreed to intensify consultations on the COC to meet the deadline.”

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