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China willing to discuss COC in South China Sea with ASEAN when conditions mature: FM

07-09-2012 19:17 BJT Special Report:South China Sea Is An Indisputable Part of China |

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to discuss the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries when conditions mature, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Spokesman Liu Weimin said at a daily news briefing that senior officials from China and ASEAN countries conducted informal discussions regarding the COC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Sunday.

During the meeting, all parties agreed to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea signed ten years ago by China and ASEAN countries, as well as conduct substantial cooperation under its framework, Liu said.

"As for formulating the COC in the South China Sea, China has said repeatedly that it is willing to discuss the issue with ASEAN countries when conditions mature," said Liu.

"What I want to stress is that the COC is not designed to solve disputes in the South China Sea, but to promote mutual trust and cooperation between parties," he added.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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