Following is the full text of the joint statement.“We, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member States and the People’sRepublic of China met in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on25 July 2016.RECOGNISING that maintaining peace and stability in the South China Searegion serves the fundamental interests of ASEAN Member States and China(“the Parties”) as well as the international community;REAFFIRMING that the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the SouthChina Sea (DOC) is a milestone document that embodies the collectivecommitment of the Parties to promote peace, stability, mutual trust andconfidence in the region, in accordance with the UN Charter anduniversally recognised principles of international law, including the1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);REAFFIRMING the importance and role of the DOC in maintaining peace and stability in the region;COMMITTED to the full and effective implementation of the DOC in … [Read more...] about ASEAN-China joint statement on full, effective DOC implementation
ASEAN foreign ministers at the conference (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 49) released a joint communiqué in Vientiane, Laos on July 24, showing the ministers’ serious concern over recent and ongoing developments in the East Sea. The joint communiqué also took note of the concerns expressed by some ministers on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region. It reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and over - flight above the East Sea. It further reaffirmed the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international … [Read more...] about ASEAN foreign ministers deeply concerned over East Sea issue
The ASEAN leaders pose for a joint photo (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – ASEAN leaders continue to voice deep concerns about the East Sea situation in the Chairman’s Statement of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, which was issued on September 7 afternoon. The statement said at the 28th and 29th summits, held in Laos’s Vientiane, the regional leaders had constructive and cordial discussions to craft the future direction for ASEAN, mentioning an array of issues from economy-society, politics and security, community building, to internal and external relations. Notably, the Chairman’s Statement featured a particular section for the East Sea issue, which said the regional leaders remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments and take note of the concerns expressed by some leaders on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and … [Read more...] about ASEAN leaders remain seriously concerned about East Sea situation
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted a set of guidelines for their senior diplomats' hotline to address emergencies at sea at the 19th meeting of their leaders in Vientiane, Laos on September 7. Fiery Cross island in East Sea Both sides also issued a joint statement declaring that they agree on the application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), and an international agreement reached in 2014 to reduce chances of maritime incidents in the East Sea. They also released two joint statements on the leaders' meeting marking the 25 th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue partnership, and on bilateral production capacity cooperation. VNA … [Read more...] about China, ASEAN adopt guidelines to address emergencies at sea
VietNamNet Bridge – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will celebrate its 50th founding anniversary next year. So, it's time for the organization to consider the near future. A particularly important question is how to help ASEAN become more effective in addressing the emerging security challenges. The biggest worry now is that currently ASEAN cannot form a common stance on the issue of the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) dispute, mainly because of the principles of consensus of this association.The consensus principle Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the 38th Singapore Lecture forum, held by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, with the theme "Strengthening partnership for sustainable development of the region". Due to the great diversity of the ASEAN member countries, the association has considered the consensus principle as a fundamental principle of its activities. Officially put on … [Read more...] about How can the deadlock of ASEAN on the East Sea be overcome?