U.S. lauds ASEAN stand on sea row despite 'tremendous pressure'

Southeast Asian nations body repeats North Korea stance

Southeast Asian nations body repeats North Korea stance

Cambodia Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Wednesday defended the government's stance on the disputed South China Sea, saying the country had acted in an "independent and neutral" manner at the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Manila, despite accusations that the Kingdom had helped water down a communiqué addressing China's territorial ambitions in contested waters. "I think we achieved everything we set up to achieve in this meeting given the expectations", Cayetano said.

China is ready to bring greater closeness to the China-Asean Community of Shared Destiny to make it an example within the Asian Community of Shared Destiny, President Xi Jinping said.

Top diplomats of Asean and China who attended the 50th Asean Ministerial Meeting in Manila showed their ability to work together to maintain regional peace and stability when they agreed on the framework for a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea and targeted to start formal negotiations on the actual code by the end of the year. But we have told all countries around the world: We are a sovereign nation.

The Philippine foreign secretary was reacting to a joint statement issued by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday, August 7.

In this regard, Geng remarked that China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country members are focusing on strengthening cooperation to further the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and jointly develop regional standards.

USA destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea
Last week, the US government provided two brand new Cessna 208B surveillance planes to be used in South China Sea maritime monitoring.

'We express dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the Japan´s 2017 Defense White Paper, which contains statements about China's naval activities in the East and South Seas.

"We respect their views", Cayetano said.

Cayetano mentioned that the Joint Communique, which included discussion on the issue of South China Sea, is a testament of ASEAN centrality where member-states decide on consensus.

Xi made the pledge when sending congratulations on the 50th anniversary of Asean's founding in a message to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose country has Asean's rotating chairmanship this year.

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