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Philippines hopes South China Sea ‘conduct code’ ready this year

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China Favors Regional Consensus Approach to South China Sea Dispute

China Favors Regional Consensus Approach to South China Sea Dispute

– BEIJING (Sputnik) — China insists on settling the South China Sea dispute by direct consultations among all countries involved, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said in response to US State Secretary nominee Rex Tillerson’s criticism on Wednesday.On Tuesday, US media reported that President-elect Donald Trump‘s foreign affairs chief hopeful planned to make a speech criticizing China’s artificial island construction in the South China Sea and other aspects of the Chinese foreign policy.Tillerson reportedly described China’s land reclamation project in the area as illegal and said it was in violation of international norms.

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Beijing warns of ‘necessary response’ against provocation in South China Sea in White Paper, East Asia News & Top Stories

Beijing warns of 'necessary response' against provocation in South China Sea in White Paper, East Asia News & Top Stories

– BEIJING – China on Wednesday (Jan 11) urged its neighbours to maintain peace and development in the region, while warning against provocative action that infringes on its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea, the Xinhua news agency reported.In its White Paper “China’s Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation” released by the State Council Information Office, Beijing said it may also “make the necessary response” to behaviour that undermines peace and stability in the disputed waters.China is locked in regional disputes with its Asian neighbours and claims most of the South China Sea where about US$5 trillion (S$7.2 trillion) in ship-borne trade passes through every year.

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Philippines hopes South China Sea ‘conduct code’ ready this year

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

– MANILA 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.

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