China, Asean countries to adopt West PH Sea code of conduct in November

PASAY CITY  — The negotiation of China and Asean countries will start this November regarding the formation of the code of conduct (COC)  in the West Philippine Sea.

This was after China and Asean ministers adopted the framework of COC at the Asean-China Ministerial Meeting at the PICC on Sunday.

China however, has conditions.

In a statement, Minister Wang Yi said they will cooperate if other non-Asean member countries will not interfere. The proposed COC is an agreement to ensure peace and stability in South China Sea.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said, while there is no code of conduct yet, China and other Asean member countries will continue to cooperate so the situation on the disputed territory will not worsen.

“Parallel to this Asean and China will continue to cooperate on such practical maritime and cooperation efforts including managements and preventions of conflicts among parties through confidence rebuilding measures to prevent miscalculations on the ground,” said DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar.

But according to DFA, there is no assurance if China will stop the construction of their military facilities on the disputed territory while the code of conduct is not yet done.   — Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

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