FEBRUARY 19, 2017 8°C Baku 3°C Xankandi 5°C Khachmaz 9°C Barda 10°C Lenkoran 4°C Nakhchivan 8°C Ganja

Philippines hopes South China Sea `conduct code` ready this year

Date: 11.01.17, 22:11

Font size : - / +

The Philippines, seeking to improve relations with China, hopes a framework for a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea will be completed by the middle of this year, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.


Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the code would help de-escalate tension in the waters, where China has started militarising artificial islands built after the Philippines filed an arbitration case against Beijing in The Hague.

The tribunal ruled last year in Manila`s favor, rejecting China`s claims to the waterway. But the ruling will not be on the agenda of this year`s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, a Philippine official said last week.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated last month he wanted to avoid confrontation with China and saw no need to press Beijing to abide by the ruling.

The code of conduct would make sure ASEAN and China follow legal and diplomatic processes in settling territorial disputes, Yasay said.

He said the ruling in The Hague may not have an effect on the code because Manila cannot dismantle the structures on the man-made island Beijing has built within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

"This is a matter that we will be raising with China at some future time in bilateral talks and," he said. "... Involving others in the discussion of this decision is just simply counter-productive for our purposes."

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Beijing was negotiating with ASEAN to complete a framework draft in the first half of the year but warned the next stage of consultations would be "more arduous".

He said China and ASEAN were confident they could "safeguard peace and stability" and freedom of overflight and navigation in the South China Sea.

China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.


Read : 547


Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to an AzVision.az journalist.
You can also contact us in the following ways:
Send your e-mails to en.azvision@gmail.com
Send pictures/video to yourpic.azvision@gmail.com
Tweet: @AzvisionEn
Or, you can comment here:

(Do not use phrases offending others and encouraging discrimination based on race, religion, age, nationality. Don not incite to breach Azerbaijan laws. Otherwise, your comments will either be edited or deleted)
Name:
Submit
You can write maximum 512 symbols


Oil prices

Azerbaijan in Focus

11 days in Mystic Azerbaijan

ARCHIVE

Other news from category WORLD

Georgia to repair roads to Azerbaijan and Armenia Turkish airstrikes kill 8 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq 8 leadership lessons from history Suicide bomb in Somalia capital kills 18, wounds 25 Boat capsizes off Sri Lanka coast, 10 dead US aircraft carrier strike group starts patrolling waterway claimed by China Thousands urge Spain to take in more refugees in Barcelona protest Malaysia police working with Interpol on murder case of N.Korea leader’s brother Islam is not source of terrorism, says Germany`s Merkel Trump cites terror attack in Sweden that didn’t happen during rally CIA spying on 2012 French elections fits into `notorious` pattern Azerbaijani female karate fighter wins European bronze Twenty-five dead in Machete Massacre in Eastern Congo DRC Iraqi Forces launch major push to liberate Western Mosul from Daesh China tells Japan `negative` moves prevent improvement in ties Odebrecht case: Thousands protest in Panama City New York bomb plot mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman dies in prison At least 4 dead as fierce Southern California storm causes flash floods Sri Lanka arrests soldiers over journalist`s abduction during war At least 19 killed in Argentine bus crash Trump wants to build `Safe Zones` in Syria, make gulf states pay for it 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Argentina Yildirim, Pence agree on common stance versus terrorism Roe v Wade: Woman in US abortion legal test case dies Belgium train derailment: One dead and many injured France says it wants Pence to clarify Trump`s stance on EU Why stress makes you more likely to have a heart attack Deaths in Armenian army are due to disorders - Retired General 5 foods that lower cholesterol naturally Azerbaijanis stage rally in Cologne to commemorate Khojaly genocide

NEWS