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China: Open to discuss S. China Sea Code of Conduct

07-12-2012 20:51 BJT Special Report:South China Sea Is An Indisputable Part of China |

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has said that the ASEAN summit should focus on the biggest concerns in the region in order to help maintain peace and stability. He made the remarks during the ASEAN ministerial meeting which ended on Thursday.

Deepening economic, trade and cultural cooperation among East Asian countries and Southeastern Asian countries dominated the meeting. Yang stressed China's stance that countries in the region should build an effective East Asia cooperative mechanism under the goal of pursuing development. The South China Sea issue drew wide attention during the summit. Some ASEAN countries proposed to discuss the South China Sea Code of Conduct. Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying said China is willing to consider the issue seriously.

On Thursday, The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also told countries involved in disputes in the South China Sea to clarify their territorial claims and consider joint exploration of potential energy reserves.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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