South China Sea code of conduct talks to be “stabiliser” for region-China premier

By James Pomfret and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Nov 14 : China’s agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said. “China’s greatest hope is […]

Southeast Asia not taking South China Sea thaw for granted – summit draft

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 13 : Southeast Asian nations will not take a relative calm in the dispute over the South China Sea for granted, according to a draft of a statement to be issued during a summit meeting in Manila on Monday. The statement will be issued after a meeting between China and […]

China urges North Korea dialogue, says sanctions not sole solution

By Christian Shepherd and Karen Lema MANILA, Aug 6 : China’s foreign minister said today new UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a “critical juncture”. Wang Yi said the UN resolution’s […]

Asia security forum to push social media use to fight extremism

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Aug 5 : More than two dozen Asian countries will agree to utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region, according to a draft statement being prepared ahead of a top security gathering on Monday. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations […]

China set for easy ride from ASEAN on disputed South China Sea

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Aug 3 : Southeast Asian ministers meeting this week are set to avoid tackling the subject of Beijing’s arming and building of manmade South China Sea islands, preparing to endorse a framework for a code of conduct that is neither binding nor enforceable. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) […]

Philippines calls for ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between ASEAN, China on sea code

By Martin Petty and Manuel Mogato MANILA, May 19 : Southeast Asian nations and China should start with a “gentleman’s agreement” on the busy South China Sea waterway because no mechanism exists to legally enforce any deal, the Philippine foreign minister said today. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China yesterday finished […]