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China,  Asean adopt Code of Conduct on South China Sea

Guizhou, China: -- Senior officials from China and Asean on Thursday adopted a Code of Conduct framework concerning activities in the South China Sea.
The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea was adopted by Chinese and Asean officials at the 14th Senior Officials’ Meeting held in Guiyang, Guizhou province, China.
This meeting and the 21st Joint Working Group Meeting on the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct took place from

Officials from China and Asean attend the 14th Senior Officials Meeting in Guizhou, China.

May 17 to 18.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Mr Liu Zhenmin and senior officials from China and the 10 Asean Member States attended these meetings.
During the 21st Joint Working Group Meeting on the implementation of the Declaration, China continued to have an in-depth exchange of views with Asean member states on implementing the Declaration, promoting maritime cooperation and conducting consultations on the Code of Conduct.
In August last year, China and Asean member states held the 13th SOM and the 18th Joint Working Group Meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration. Over the past 15 years, China and Asean Member States have jointly maintained peace, stability and economic growth in the South China Sea region through the Declaration.
Looking to the future, all parties should stick to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration, work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, and stay committed to building the South China Sea into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.
The 23rd China-Asean Senior Officials’ Consultation took place on May 19 in Guiyang, Guizhou province. Chinese Foreign Minister Mr Liu Zhenmin  co-hosted the meeting with Mr Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, the coordinator of China-Asean relations.
Senior officials from 10 Asean member states and a representative of the Secretary-General of Asean attended.
The meeting focused on the development of China-Asean relations and regional cooperation with East Asia and laid the groundwork for high-level meetings this year such as the China-Asean Leaders’ Meeting and Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.


By KhonesavanhLatsaphao
(Latest Update May 20, 2017)

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