China vowed to bind itself to Code of Conduct in South China Sea —Duterte
China has agreed to having a code of conduct in the disputed features in the South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday.
At a news conference after closing the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings, Duterte said China has also committed to binding itself to the provisions of the code.
“China has graciously agreed to a code of conduct. It binds itself to the agreement,” Duterte said.
ASEAN and China, following a meeting on Monday, announced the start of negotiations for a proposed code of conduct.
Duterte made the remark on the eve of the official visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
He also had a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the weekend in Danang, Vietnam.
Duterte raised the need for a code of conduct in the South China Sea with Xi, citing the concern of ASEAN member-states over the supposed militarization in the region.
China had been reported to have built new structures in the Paracel Islands—a group of islands claimed by both China and Vietnam.
The Philippines has also expressed concern if China’s recently deployed sea dredger would be find its way to the West Philippine Sea. —NB, GMA News