China, ASEAN agree on framework for S.China Sea code of conduct

China, ASEAN agree on framework for S.China Sea code of conduct

But any deal undercuts the efforts of other claimants to internationalize the dispute and force through a stricter code of conduct.

The permanent secretary of Singapore's foreign ministry, Chee Wee Kiong, said what he called a "draft" framework would be submitted to a meeting between the foreign ministers of China and the ASEAN states in August in the Philippines. "It will provide a good foundation for the next round of consultations".

The test production has reached a steady output, by Wednesday having yielded 113,200 cubic meters of natural gas over the previous seven days, with average daily production of just over 16,000 cubic meters, said Ye Jianliang, commanding officer of the gas hydrate production field.

Under the Philippines' chairmanship of ASEAN, China's relative bargaining position has clearly improved with the Southeast Asian grouping.

His remarks came the same day that China and the Philippines held their first session in a two-way consultation process on the South China Sea.

Japanese warplanes were deployed to disputed islets in the East China Sea, as Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered the troubled waters and allegedly launched a military drone.

Liu Zhenmin, vice foreign minister of China, stated during yesterday's press conference that the guidelines have taken every related party and their interests into consideration.

"The army leadership has conveyed its deepest condolences after the death of four excellent soldiers in an accidental incident in Natuna", said spokesman Denny Tuejeh.

President Duterte bares details of a meeting with Xi Jinping to prove to critics he isn't scared of China. One Belt, One Road is a massive infrastructure undertaking spearheaded by China that would link Asian and Middle Eastern economies even more tightly to China.

The successful test, conducted on a drilling platform in the South China Sea, was announced Thursday by the China Geological Survey, a department under the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.

According to a report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), China has built a hangar and a radar on a man-made island in the Spratly Islands.

For China, the code of conduct is a means to achieving its goal of keeping the US and its allies from intervening in the matter in the name of freedom of navigation or maintaining regional stability, said Huang Jing, an expert on the region at National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several Asean members including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

In Indonesia, four soldiers were killed and eight were wounded in a naval exercise near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea when a Chinese-manufactured anti-aircraft gun malfunctioned. The strategy has provoked intense reaction from other claimants and the USA, which argues China's actions threaten the ability to navigate freely through the strategically important area.