USA says South China Sea talks will be a key test

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 8, 2017

China's claim to nearly all of the South China Sea overlaps with the territories of several Southeast Asian nations. China has resisted having the agreement be binding, and has reinforced its claims to the sea with the construction of artificial islands that the United States and others have criticized.

All or parts of the sea are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, which has led to intense territorial disputes and naval standoffs. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should establish a set of rules that were "legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with global law", the foreign ministers of the three countries said in a statement following a meeting in Manila.

Australia, Japan and the United States on Monday urged Southeast Asian nations and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draft will be legally binding.

Adm. Harry Harris told the U.S. -Indonesia Friendship Society in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Monday that China's rejection of an global tribunal's ruling in 2016 that supported the territorial claims of the Philippines "demonstrates to any observer what kind of country China is".

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Monday's joint statement described the ruling as "legally binding on both parties" and urged the Philippines and China to abide by it.

Attempts to hammer out such guidelines have been ongoing for years, and ASEAN members and Beijing announced Sunday that they had agreed a framework for a future code of conduct, but formal negotiations are not expected to start until November, according to CNN Philippines.

The framework is largely based on a 2002 declaration by ASEAN members and China, and analyst Greg Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Institute told CNN last week that some ASEAN nations remain suspicious of China's motives, seeing the slow pace of progress as "another delaying tactic by Beijing".

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