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13 August 2017

"Vietnam has emerged as Southeast Asia's loudest voice in resisting China's expansionist moves in the South China Sea", the Nikkei Asian Review wrote after a weekend of wrangling among southeast Asian countries over a South China Sea code of conduct.

As an important regional organization, ASEAN has become a major force in promoting regional integration and maintaining regional peace and stability, Wang said.

Earlier this week the United States, Australia, and Japan collectively denounced China's continuing efforts to control the South China Sea and its increasingly vital shipping lanes.

Kono suggested before his meeting with Wang that he would remind Beijing of the importance of the rule of law in dealing with disputes in the South China Sea, where several Asean nations have overlapping territorial claims.

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Cayetano said: "Japan, Australia, and the United States are our friends".

China's approach to working with the other ASEAN countries is dismissive at best. ASEAN may have summoned the nerve to give China a rhetorical slap on the wrist, but Beijing still achieved its main objective at the summit: the negotiation of a wishy-washy, noncommittal "framework" for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, which no one seriously expects to be legally binding.

She stressed that the USA shares concerns over the developments in the region that they consider to be "unconducive to regional stability, such as land reclamation".

It could be recalled that the issue on China's land reclamation and militarization in the South China Sea had been omitted on Asean leaders' joint statement released in May.

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"So why will you put it again this year?", he said in a press briefing here at the end of the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings.

A Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Mr Sokhonn said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had asked his foreign affairs minister to tell Asean foreign ministers that he wanted the communique "to reflect the actual situation".

ASEAN and China should establish a set of rules that were "legally binding, meaningful, effective and consistent with global law", Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement following a meeting in Manila. The Code of Conduct envisioned by the U.S., Australia, and Japan would be "legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with worldwide law". Bilateral talks on the South China Sea began in May, but the arbitral ruling was not raised.

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Mr Wang spoke to reporters in Manila after meeting North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting, hours after the UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its escalating nuclear and missile programmes.

"Japan. U.S., and we will appreciate not being told what to do, because we are a sovereign nation", said Cayetano.

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United Nations imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea - Newspaper