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ibusinesslines.com November 21, 2017


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ASEAN can't give 'instant reply' to Trump's 'generous' sea dispute offer: Cayetano

Trump offers to mediate on South China Sea dispute

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know ..."

A report from the Associated Press said Southeast Asian leaders were to announce Monday the start of negotiations with China on a so-called "Code of Conduct" in the disputed South China Sea in what they regard as a milestone but some experts dismiss as a non-starter.

In August, ASEAN pushed for a legally binding code despite China's insistence for a document with lesser force.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Xi assured him of China's peaceful intentions in the strategic waterway, where Beijing, the Philippines, Vietnam and three other governments have overlapping claims, during a meeting in Danang, Vietnam, where they attended the annual APEC summit this week.

A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told ESPN that the three players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two".

The two parties said it "is important that we cooperate to maintain peace, stability, freedom of navigation in and overflight above the SCS, in accordance with worldwide law", including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Duterte said and justified his decision not to immediately demand Chinese compliance with a ruling by a United Nations -linked tribunal that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds.

The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.


However no timeframe was announced for an actual code. Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency past year.

We'll update this page with any new developments.

"If that did happen, it would be a good thing, I can tell you, for North Korea".

The President also told Turnbull how Xi seemed to be surprised by Duterte's new stand on the South China Sea issue and how the Chinese President downplayed the militarization in the disputed waters.

Contempt for China runs deep in Vietnam, a country that was colonized by China for almost 1,000 years.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said Sunday that his country wants to end disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful means.

The three countries urged both China and the Philippines to abide by last year's global arbitration ruling, which invalidated China's claim to nearly the entire South China Sea.

The Philippines had for many years stood alongside Vietnam as one of the region's strongest opponents to Chinese expansionism.



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