The Code of Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea: a tremendous mistake

On the 5th of August 2017, the ministers of foreign affairs of the Association of South-East Nations (ASEAN), in the frame of the first of their yearly meetings, gathered in Manila, Manila holding the presidency of the Association this year. One of the main purpose, among other important ones, of the meeting was to elaborate the project of a framework for the future consultations, before negotiations, for a code of conduct (COC) of the parties in the South China Sea (SCS). The project was to be discussed the following day with Wang Yi, the Chinese minister of foreign affairs. After strong discussions the two parties reached an agreement on a framework from which the consultations for a COC shall start in November, at Clark, Pampanga province, in the Philippines. It will happen on the occasion of the second ASEAN and China foreign affairs ministers’ meeting of year 2017.

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ASEAN/Sommet – Mer de Chine du Sud : Une déclaration finale de soumission à Pékin

Après avoir subi en coulisse les pressions de la diplomatie chinoise avant le 30e sommet de l’ASEAN, qui s’est tenu à Manille du 28 au 29 avril 2017, l’Association, sous la présidence actuelle du président Duterte, a produit le 30 avril 2017 une déclaration complètement asexuée sur la question de la mer de Chine du … Lire la suite