China, Asean vow to im­ple­ment DOC on South China Sea

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Se­nior of­fi­cials from China and the ASEAN na­tions vowed on Fri­day to fully and ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment the Dec­la­ra­tion on Con­ducts of the Par­ties in the South China Sea (DOC).

The 12th Se­nior Of­fi­cials’ meet­ing on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the DOC, cochaired by Chi­nese Vice For­eign Min­is­ter Liu Zhen­min and Sin­ga­pore’s Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of For­eign Min­istry Chee Wee Kiong, was held in Viet­nam’s north­ern Ha­long City.

All par­ties vowed in Hanoi to con­tinue to fully and ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment the DOC, deepen prac­ti­cal mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion and jointly safe­guard peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea.

The of­fi­cials dis­cussed the pro­posal that for­eign min­is­ters of China and the ASEAN na­tions is­sue a joint state­ment on the full and ef­fec­tive im­ple- men­ta­tion of the DOC, and agreed to strive to reach a con­sen­sus at an early date.

On the con­sul­ta­tions of the Code of Con­duct in the South China Sea (COC), the 11 par­ties promised to im­ple­ment rel­e­vant early har­vest mea­sures as soon as pos­si­ble and speed up the for­mu­la­tion of a guide­line for the Hot­line Plat­form among se­nior of­fi­cials of min­istries of for­eign af­fairs be­tween China and ASEAN na­tions in re­sponse to mar­itime emer­gen­cies.

They also dis­cussed the bet­ter use of the Code for Un­planned En­coun­ters at Sea in the South China Sea.

All par­ties reaf­firmed their as­pi­ra­tions for an early con­clu­sion of the COC on the ba­sis of con­sen­sus, and vowed to boost mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion, en­hance mu­tual trust, and jointly safe­guard peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea as well as pros­per­ity and devel­op­ment in the re­gion.

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