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China and ASEAN show they will not be impeded

China and ASEAN show they will not be impeded

Kim Jung Un's missile tests continue to inch too close for comfort for the country's neighbors and the US; the most recent reached just 200 miles off the shore of Japan.

Pyongyang also lambasted ASEAN member states for not being "morally qualified" to meddle in North Korea's nuclear program because they ignored the "hostile policy and nuclear threat" that the USA imposed on the North.

"We emphasized the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all other states, including those mentioned in the [Declaration of Conduct] that could further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the South China Sea", the joint communiqué read.

China's approach to working with the other ASEAN countries is dismissive at best.

Australia, Japan and the U.S. yesterday urged Southeast Asia and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up will be legally binding and said they strongly opposed "coercive unilateral actions". Since 2012, China has stepped up island reclamations and construction in the disputed territories in the South China Sea, including building structures that appear to have military capabilities.

The Philippine foreign secretary made these remarks at the end of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines.

The United States likes to accuse Beijing of trying to militarize the South China Sea, but it is the U.S. and its close allies that are doing that: The United Kingdom being the latest to jump on the freedom of navigation bandwagon by proposing to send warships to the South China Sea next year.

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Their trade amounted to US$452.2bil (RM1.9 trililon) a year ago, and now about 2,700 flights connect China and the 10 countries in every week.

"[Why] is it that some countries do not want to see greater stability in the South China Sea?"

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the adoption of the framework created a solid foundation for negotiations that could start this year, if "the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable and on the premise that there is no major interference from outside parties".

"One key issue is the question of legally binding", he told reporters late on Sunday.

Kono said at a press conference Monday that Japan supported the U.S. in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation and in a veiled reference to China, opposed "any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force".

"The South China Sea doesn't only include the Spratly Islands, and for Vietnam, developments on the disputed Paracels are just as destabilising".

Two Southeast Asian diplomats say disagreements over North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests and territorial disputes in the South China Sea have prevented the region's top diplomats from promptly issuing their joint communique after an annual summit in Manila over the weekend.