Philippines seeks ASEAN consensus on North Korea response
07 August, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
This time around, the channels of diplomatic sources at the Asean foreign ministers now meeting in Manila, are abuzz about the strong dissenting voice of Vietnam urging the 10-member regional bloc to take a stronger stance against China's Asian hegemonic ambitions and creeping expansionism in disputed waters.
In fact, an exasperated diplomat based in the Asean secretariat in Jakarta told an global news service then that it was like déjà vu how the heads of state and government were behaving in Vientiane-referring to their lack of unity and indecisiveness in handling the resulting tension from China's seizure of the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal.
As China and ASEAN celebrate the 15th anniversary of strategic partnership next year, both sides are also facing a critical point to bring the ties to a higher level, Wang said, calling for future actions to build a higher level China-ASEAN strategic partnership and a closer community of common destiny of China and ASEAN. "We have to have a code of conduct that all countries observe and adhere to", Bolivar said.
"When the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable, and if there is no major disruption from outside parties - with that as the precondition - then we will consider during the November leaders' meeting".
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said a "framework draft" was "agreed upon and approved" during meetings in Manila.
China has always taken ASEAN as a priority in its foreign diplomacy and has always supported ASEAN in taking a central role in regional cooperation and a bigger role in dealing with worldwide and regional affairs, he said.
Critics of China have accused it of trying to divide ASEAN with strong-armed tactics and chequebook diplomacy, enticing smaller countries in the bloc such as Cambodia and Laos to support it.
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China has been at odds with the United States over the latter's freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, including the area claimed by the Philippines.
The Singapore-China relationship is in "good working order", said Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan on Sunday (Aug 6).
Wang made no reference to Beijing's reclamation activities, but said in a statement that "China is seeking cooperation with ASEAN for development in the South China Sea".
Also speaking to reporters, Mr Wang said the meeting went "very well".
"We need to get used to this kind of to-ing and fro-ing".
Wang said that while North Korea has reaffirmed the position that it has been saying all along, "I don't think it really matters much".
The communiqué did not mention China, which has been documented to have undertaken large-scale reclamation and improvement works on man-made islands in the South China Sea.
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