Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US, Australia, Japan to Philippines, China: Follow Arbitration Ruling

US, Australia, Japan to Philippines, China: Follow Arbitration Ruling

Vietnam a week ago strongly criticized a Chinese-built cinema on an island that the southeast asian country claims.

He also said he accepted the other ministers' inputs as ASEAN operates on a consensus vote. "So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send us is just stop, stop these missile launches".

According to a Japanese government official, Wang also told Kono that China opposes each country imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.

All eyes are on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as he joined other leading nations' foreign ministers at the ASEAN conference in the Philippines.

The agreed text "emphasised the importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint".

Mr Sokhonn questioned why land reclamation had been introduced in later drafts.

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He added that the harder stance of President Benigno Aquino III's administration against China was called for because land reclamation was still taking place.

They also mentioned in their 46-page statement a vague reference to an global arbitration ruling past year that invalidated China's historical claims to virtually all of the strategic waterway.

Cayetano reiterated that while they have the same goals as the previous administration, they are using a different strategy.

The US also said that freedom of navigation was an worldwide concern and that any tension would affect trade, peace and stability in the disputed sea.

Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and jointly safeguard the global free trade regime.

China has opposed including mention of its island-building or an arbitration ruling that invalidated Beijing's historical claims to the strategic waters.

Several ASEAN countries want the code to be legally binding, enforceable and have a dispute resolution mechanism, but experts say China will not allow that. Originally reefs, additional dumping of sand and other materials have transformed them in to the islands of Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross - all of which are now under China's control and subject to increased military activity. "Surely when we move into the COC, it has got to have some additional or significant legal effect".

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Critics and even other nations, however, may have reservations.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop at the ASEAN forum in the Philippines.

If and when they ever get started, negotiations under the new framework will face a number of thorny issues, including whether the code should be legally binding.

"We are good friends [with] China".

"I was disappointed", Wang said in the meeting with Kono, which was held here on August 7 on the sidelines of foreign ministers' meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"The President has stated on many occasions that the Philippines will respect the arbitral tribunal and will raise it with relevant sides at the proper time".

Cayetano, meanwhile, expressed hope that Australia, Japan and the United States, three key partners of ASEAN, would no longer meddle in the sea dispute and focus on their bilateral relations with ASEAN members.

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