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ASEAN, China wish to early adopt Code of Conduct in East Sea: spokesperson

The joint working group of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China held their 37th meeting on the implementation of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in Cambodia on October 1-3.

Vietnam calls for serious implementation of DOC at ASEAN-China SOM

The 19th ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) was held in China’s Chongqing city on June 7, 

AIPA 41 emphasises law adherence over East Sea issue

AIPA member parliaments have agreed to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and make efforts towards an effective and consistent Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law.

Philippines criticises Chinese military drills in East Sea

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has raised alarm over China's holding of military exercises in the East Sea, saying the move could create tension in the region and impact Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours.

Experts: China’s acts in East Sea increase regional tensions

Dr. Le Hong Hiep from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore has said China’s recent acts in the East Sea has made the regional situation more tense and uncertain, thus hindering negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Philippines issues statement on China's sinking of Vietnamese fishing vessel

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on April 8 issued a statement expressing its deep concern over a China coast guard ship’s hitting and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the East Sea.

German expert calls for building trust, COC negotiations to address East Sea issue

Dr. Gerhard Will, a German expert on the East Sea, has said that China should quit its militarisation in the East Sea and show its willingness and cooperation capacity in security and economy

Vietnam chairs meeting of ambassadors from EAS countries

A meeting of ambassadors of East Asia Summit (EAS) member countries took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on February 13.

China’s activities in East Sea violate int’l laws: Russian experts

China’s recent activities in the East Sea are contrary to international laws, including the UNCLOS 1982, experts highlighted at a conference held at the Russian Academy of Justice (RGUP) on November 1.

East Sea issue must be settled based on int’l regulations: experts

Experts reiterated the significance of respecting international regulations in settling disputes in the East Sea at a recent conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chinese illegal activities hinder COC negotiation process: Vietnamese diplomat

This is not the first time Vietnam expressed concerns about China’s violations in the East Sea.

Rule of law: Solution for peace in the East Sea

China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei all approved the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS). This Convention prohibits the use of and threat of using force in the settlement of disputes at sea.


Vietnam shows persistent, consistent efforts to maintain peace, stability at sea

Vietnam has long been persistent and consistent in safeguarding its national sovereignty in the East Sea through peaceful measures on the basis of international law.

Vietnam highlights significance of ASEAN – US ties

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh shared ASEAN member states’ stance on the significance of the ASEAN – US strategic partnership at the ASEAN – US Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand on August 1.

13th ADMM issues declaration on security

Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich attended the 13th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, which ended with a joint declaration on security.

NA Chairwoman holds talks with Chinese National People’s Congress leader

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Chairman of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC) Li Zhanshu in Beijing on July 11.

Seminar in Moscow seeks peaceful solutions to East Sea disputes

Scholars, lawyers and experts from Russia, the US, the Philippines, Japan, Pakistan and Vietnam gathered at an international seminar in Moscow on June 27 to seek peaceful resolutions to the East Sea issue.

PM meets with leaders on sidelines of 34th ASEAN Summit

Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc had separate meetings with Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on June 22.

Wishful thinking on Code of Conduct for East Sea

 Rhetoric has come full circle in the dispute over the East Sea but can the Philippines, the current chair of Asean and a claimant state, deliver a peaceful solution for the area?

US President calls for end to militaristic claims in East Sea

 US President Barack Obama said on November 21 that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the East Sea.