China, Asean diplomats to meet on South China Sea

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Beijing, June 22 (IANS) China on Friday said the 15th Senior Officials’ Meeting on Implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be convened on June 27 in its Hunan province.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and senior diplomats from Asean countries will attend the meeting, Xinhua news agency reported.

Prior to the meeting, the 24th Joint Working Group meeting on the Implementation of the DOC will be held.

China and Asean countries will continue to discuss issues including implementation of the DOC, maritime pragmatic cooperation and negotiation of the code of conduct in the South China Sea, Geng said.

He added that all parties will continue their efforts in pushing forward dialogue and cooperation, strive for more outcomes and progress, so as to create favourable conditions for consolidating the current sound situation.

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The DOC, signed in 2002 by China and Asean countries, outlined the most important principles in the management of disputes on the South China Sea and consultations for the code of conduct were launched by the two sides in 2013.

Both were aimed at safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

–IANS

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