China, Vietnam reach consensus on appropriately handling contested South China Sea

"The disputes are still there but I think we have found a way to put that as one part of the relationship, small part of the relationship which we have to deal with and then have a bigger part of the relationship which is cooperation in security, economics, education in anti-poverty", he said.

Manila [Philippines], November 14: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary General Le Luong Minh has said that the ASEAN was not the venue to resolve sovereignty claims over the South China Sea.

"It is in our collective interest to avoid miscalculations that could lead to escalation of tensions".

President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in the South China Sea disputes, while his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing's military build-up and the prospects of war in the contested waters.

He reaffirmed that the parties involved are "making giant steps forward" in talking about the code of conduct, a stronger document compared to the non-binding 2002 Declaration of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Four ASEAN members - the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam - have overlapping claims with China in the strategic waterway where about $3 billion in goods pass annually.

President Duterte had, on Sunday, said the territorial dispute was "better left untouched", in his speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

Leaders from China, the United States and seven other nations are joining ASEAN at their annual summit.

The US and China are both calling for a peaceful resolution but take contrasting positions in most other aspects of the conflict. "It can ill-afford a violent confrontation".

Asean and China also highlighted the role of witnesses in identifying and prosecuting corruptors and said they would develop "an effective protection system for witnesses in corruption cases, where appropriate".

China's official news agency Xinhua said in a commentary that the pact to hold consultations on the code of conduct was "a new starting point to jointly build a sea of peace, stability and prosperity".

"These and other issues are high on the agenda of our meeting". Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency past year.

Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing on Tuesday evening after paying state visits to Vietnam and Laos.

Bilateral relations plunged to their lowest level in years in 2014 when China parked a giant oil rig in an area claimed by Vietnam. "He wants it to be a world of peace and stability and we thank him for that".

Related Articles

  • Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and if you or another first-time player makes a mistake, you would not expect criticism. All the games have rules to follow and there are plenty of online resources that will teach you how to play them.

    IShares US Consumer Goods (IYK) Rises 0.18% for Nov 14

    The Average Directional Index or ADX is technical analysis indicator used to discern if a market is trending or not trending. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.
    The Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) Shares Sold by UBS Oconnor LLC

    The Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) Shares Sold by UBS Oconnor LLC

    Equity analyst Susquehanna Bancshares updated guidance on KO stating a rating of "Hold" and projecting a price target of $41.00. The The Coca-Cola Company has Relative Strength Index (RSI 14) of 60.67 along with Average True Range (ATR 14) of 0.40.
  • Passing The Cisco CCNA Certification Exam Guide

    The course develops your knowledge and skills according to the digital era, which helps in getting evolution in the network. 3. This will also help in building up the required aptitudes the course requests. · Bifurcate what is important to learn.
    ¥530 Million Loss Causes Japan to Reconsider its Approach to Cryptocurrencies

    ¥530 Million Loss Causes Japan to Reconsider its Approach to Cryptocurrencies

    Other Cryptocurrency Heists Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the Coincheck incident is that it is not the first of its kind. At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, many leaders reiterated warnings in the dangers of cryptocurrencies.

    Our smartwatch could detect hypertension and sleep apnea, a new study reveals

    The app would advise that the wearer should get tested and it would not propose that the person has one of those conditions. In the study , it showed that a week of Apple Watch data could predict hypertension and sleep apnea with varying accuracies.
  • Myths about learning English

    For example, you can fulfill the exercise online and it’s better than to write it and it shows your mistakes automatically. And again- the motivation is the key! The myth#3: the residence in another country guarantees you the language learning.
    Republic of Ireland v Denmark

    Republic of Ireland v Denmark

    And then up stepped Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to crush Ireland's hopes of a place in the final in Russian Federation with a expertly taken hat-trick. "Clueless.
    Uber handed class-action lawsuit from riders alleging sexual assault

    Uber handed class-action lawsuit from riders alleging sexual assault

    The plaintiffs say the screening inconsistencies highlight the "faulty and defective quality" of Uber's driver screening. The lawsuit wants Uber to change how it screens drivers and consider other changes on behalf of the riders.
  • Buhari Arrives In Enugu

    Buhari Arrives In Enugu

    The Governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo and Kogi were present at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu to welcome the President to the southeast.
    United Nations  urges countries to stop conflicts during winter Olympics

    United Nations urges countries to stop conflicts during winter Olympics

    Miroslav Lajčák said: “The Olympic Games and the United Nations aspire to the same ideal. In his remarks, the President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E.
    Diamondbacks' Lovullo chosen as NL's top skipper

    Diamondbacks' Lovullo chosen as NL's top skipper

    He had a Hall of Fame career as a player, spending 21 seasons in the big leagues including his last three with the Twins. Molitor won the honor Tuesday in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.