China, ASEAN Come to Agreement on a Framework South China Sea Code of Conduct

On Thursday, China and the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that they had finalized a framework for a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea. The announcement was made first by the Chinese foreign ministry. China and four ASEAN member states — Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Brunei — are claimants to disputed features in the South China Sea. (Taiwan is also a non-ASEAN claimant in the South China Sea.)

The Chinese foreign ministry first made the announcement that a framework agreement had been reached by consensus following a meeting between then eleven parties in the Chinese city of Guiyang. The Chinese foreign ministry’s announcement did not go into detail about the framework’s contents not has the document been publicly released as of this writing. The Guiyang meeting was the 14th senior officials’ meeting on the implementation of the November 2002 non-binding Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Read more

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