US, Japan, Australia Support Rules for Behavior in South China Sea

US, Japan, Australia Support Rules for Behavior in South China Sea

US, Japan, Australia Support Rules for Behavior in South China Sea

"So I don't see any disagreement between the Philippine position and the statement of U.S., Japan, and Australia", said Bolivar.

It said that after extensive discussions, concerns were voiced by some members about land reclamation "and activities in the area which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tension and may undermine peace, security and stability".

The Chinese minister appears to have warned against Japan and the United States opposing China's moves to build military facilities in the South China Sea, sources familiar with the situation said.

He stressed that "China is seeking cooperation with ASEAN for development in the South China Sea".

China's approach to working with the other ASEAN countries is dismissive at best. Reuters says that Australia, Japan, and the us had insisted on the code of conduct being legally binding, and the South China Morning Post indicates that Vietnam also pushed for legal rules in the sea, which Beijing strongly opposes.

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China had always been perceived as delaying negotiations with the association for the maritime code to allow it to launch and complete its land reclamations in the South China Sea without any such regulatory restrictions.

The two ministers met on the sidelines of meetings related to the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability said the South-China Sea remained a problem and joint statements on the disputed islands had also been a problem.

But Wang said China will only agree to start negotiations on the sea code "if there is no more disruption from non-regional parties and when the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable".

Cambodia is a key regional ally of China, which this week said it would pay the biggest price from new United Nations sanctions against North Korea because of its close economic ties with the country. But even this future Code of Conduct, China insists, must not be legally binding.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono later clarified that they were not implying that Philippines was not heeding the ruling, but they were noting it was an important and legally binding decision.

Manila rejected advice from the U.S., Japan and Australia on Wednesday to abide by the ruling of an worldwide tribunal that invalidated Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.

"But the problem of territorial disputes between China and the Philippines is between China and the Philippines".

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In a statement issued on the sidelines of Asia's biggest security forum in Manila, Australia's foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her two counterparts also called on China to abide by a UN-backed tribunal past year that rejected Beijing's claims to nearly all of the strategically important and resource-rich waterways.

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