Australia Calls for Enforceable South China Sea Pact

Bishop said an enforceable code of conduct could be based on the recommendations made by the Hague-based arbitration tribunal last year.


MANILA – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged Southeast Asian nations and China to conclude a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea as soon as possible, voicing concern Thursday about the scale of reclamation and construction by China in the disputed territory.

Bishop, speaking in Manila, urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China to go beyond ongoing discussions to craft a framework of the code of conduct and rapidly conclude an enforceable regional nonaggression pact.

“We believe that ASEAN should drive for an enforceable code of conduct,” Bishop told the forum of the ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies. “I would urge ASEAN under the Philippines’ leadership to go further and conclude a code of conduct as soon as possible.”


Original published: 16 March 2017 12:20 pm Read the full Bangkok News here

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