Beijing to work with ASEAN countries on South China Sea
China has announced that it is willing to work with Southeast Asian countries for long term peace in the South China Sea.
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been locked in talks for a code of conduct for the sea, where China is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels.
“We stand ready to work with Asean countries building on the existing foundation and basis to strive for new progress in the [code of conduct], according to the three-year time frame, so as to maintain and uphold long term peace in the South China Sea,” Premier Li Keqiang said at a summit on Sunday.
He added that China wanted to “maintain and uphold long-term peace and stability in the South China Sea”.
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