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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

China and ASEAN Set Sea Dispute Meeting

Officials from China and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are scheduled to meet in the Thai City of Pattaya on Apr. 21, 2014 to accelerate the process of formulating Code of Conduct (CoC) in the disputed South China Sea. The forthcoming meeting to be hosted by Thailand comes amid critical developments in the region including China's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the disputed East China Sea, the implementation of Hainan Island's new fishing regulations and the rising tension in the South China Sea involving major claimants including the Philippines decision to file a case against China's claim in the West Philippine Sea before a United Nations backed Arbitral Tribunal. The meeting was considered as a turning point as China expressed it's willingness to work with the ASEAN for comprehensive and effective implementation of the DoC and steadily push forward consultations on a CoC. During thr discussion Chinese and ASEAN senior officials agreed on the modality of moving forward and continue official consultations on the CoC on a regular basis and make regular reports to Foreign Ministers. 
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