Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Framework of South China Sea code skirts thorny issues with China

Author:

Raul Dancel

Source:

Straits Times

Date:

August 6, 2017

Description:

A two-page "framework" of a code of conduct (COC) meant to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea from erupting into violent confrontations will neither guarantee a legally binding arrangement nor raise specific issues that have provoked Beijing. The final document, seen by reporters, envisions a code that is "rules-based", with "a set of norms to guide the parties and promote maritime cooperation" in disputed waters.

Tags: South China Sea, ASEAN-China Relations, Code of Conduct