Difficult negotiations for South China Sea code of conduct going forward: Vivian Balakrishnan


Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (C) walks together with other ASEAN foreign ministers for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Aug 5, 2017. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/Pool/AFP)

MANILA: While ASEAN and China adopting a code of conduct framework on the South China Sea is “good news”, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan says he does not want to “trivialise how difficult negotiations will be going forward.”

ASEAN and China adopted the framework on Sunday (Aug 6), with leaders expected to announce the formal start of negotiations on the code of conduct at the ASEAN Summit in November.

“Overall, the tone was positive, the situation is calmer, although some claimant states still continue to have concerns, which were expressed and echoed in the joint communique,”…

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