South China Sea latest: Rodrigo Duterte heads to Beijing for crucial talks – ‘It’s time’ | World | News

As reported by ABS-CBN, the Philippine President suggested China was delaying talks on the heavily disputed maritime region. However, at a recent Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said talks for a code were going quicker than expected. Mr Duterte told reporters: “They are delaying it and it’s causing so many incidents and one day it will – one mistake, a miscalculation there and it’s hard to dismiss that.”  On discussing the code, he said: “Let us first be sure that we have the…

China, missiles, and trouble in the Gulf dominate AUSMIN talks

However Mr Pompeo said “it is of course the case that when we employ these systems around the world with our friends and allies we do so with their consent, we do so with respect of their sovereignty, we make decisions … and [to] mutual benefit.” Senator Payne and Mr Pompeo also failed to address the issue directly when asked about it later at a Centre for Independent Studies function at the State Library. But the foreign minister said”It’s in no one’s interests for the Indo-Pacific to become more competitive,…

Talks on a South China Sea code of conduct will resume in October, SE Asia News & Top Stories

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Talks on the second draft of a maritime code of conduct in the South China Sea between China and South-east Asian countries is due to begin in October, a senior Thai government official told reporters on Friday (Aug 2). Speaking on the sidelines of a regional forum in Bangkok, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arthayudh Srisamoot said the two sides would delve into the specifics of the long-awaited pact after agreeing to the “basic principles” in a preliminary draft reading. The conclusion of…

South China Sea talks between Asean, China reach milestone, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Attempts to reduce tension in the contested South China Sea reached a milestone yesterday when Beijing revealed that Asean and China had completed the first reading of the single draft negotiating text for a code of conduct (COC). “This represents a new and important progress in the COC consultations and marks a critical step towards the goal of completing the consultations within three years’ time,” China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Asean foreign ministers who gathered this week in Bangkok for the bloc’s annual foreign ministers’ meeting and related dialogues…

Rising South China Sea tensions, US-China trade talks cast shadow over Asean summit, SE Asia News & Top Stories

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Rising tensions in the South China Sea and the fallout from US-China trade war are set to dominate talks this week as top diplomats converge in Bangkok for a key Southeast Asia summit. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be joined at the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on the heels of trade negotiations between the two countries in Shanghai on Tuesday (July 30). The meetings come amid accusations from Vietnam and the Philippines that China has become more…

‘Bilateral talks with China still best option’

‘Bilateral talks with China still best option’ MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is sticking to diplomatic means in asserting the country’s rights over the West Philippine Sea where the Chinese have expanded their military presence and restricted the activities of Filipino fishermen. “For the President at this point, diplomatic negotiation is still the best option. There is no better option because you’ll be dealing with the one you’re supposed to be enemies with,” presidential spokesman and chief legal officer Salvador Panelo said yesterday. “We don’t want confrontation as this…