Tillerson hails United Nations sanctions as China rebukes North Korea

  • Tillerson hails United Nations sanctions as China rebukes North Korea

Tillerson hails United Nations sanctions as China rebukes North Korea

Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Manila that he hoped those countries could improve relations, and that North Korea's foreign minister did not entirely reject proposals voiced by his South Korean counterpart.

All the countries involved in the so-called six-party talks aimed at taming the North's nuclear ambitions belong to the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Under the DOC, dispute resolution will be through "friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned", a position that China stressed in late July by telling ASEAN countries to keep regional outsiders from interfering in disputes. They said they have tasked senior officials to start negotiating on the Code of Conduct with China.

"We look forward to the operationalization of the joint statement on the observance of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) in the South China Sea", the foreign ministers pointed out.

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar confirmed this development in a press conference after the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting on Sunday. He did not mention any preconditions.

"The joint communiqué is a consensus document and whatever comes out. would mean that all 10 ASEAN member states would have agreed", he said.

ASEAN expressed "serious concern" in that text, and "emphasised the importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint in all activities, including land reclamation".

The current ASEAN chairman, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has made it a priority to fix bilateral ties with China, which has rejected an worldwide court's ruling in 2016 that invalidated its claim to the entire sea region.

Cambodia, one of China's strongest allies within ASEAN, has firmly resisted, according to the diplomats as well as an excerpt of the proposed Cambodian resolution obtained by AFP on Sunday. The problem is that no other country is willing to directly confront China, since it is economically and militarily more powerful and probably the most powerful in South East Asia.

MANILA, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian ministers meeting this week are set to avoid tackling the subject of Beijing's arming and building of manmade South China Sea islands, preparing to endorse a framework for a code of conduct that is neither binding nor enforceable.

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

A draft communique seen by the AP days before the ministers held their annual meeting in Manila on Saturday failed to mention the sensitive criticisms, which China has opposed to be discussed in multinational forums.

Vietnam Friday night sought to insert tough language against China in an ASEAN statement that was scheduled to be released after the Southeast Asian ministers wrapped up their own talks Saturday.

They noted the concerns expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations and activities in the area, which have "eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region".