Vietnam does not go gently into South China Sea code of conduct

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Contrary to the statements of Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing has stopped reclaiming in the South China Sea, a Washington-based think tank released satellite imagery showing that Beijing did not stop its reclamation activities in mid-2015.

"It does not matter what we put, what we don't put at the zero draft because what matters reflect what the majority wants..."

The Kono statement represents the sincerity of Japan, Wang said.

Mr Sokhonn said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had asked his foreign affairs minister to tell Asean foreign ministers that he wanted the communique "to reflect the actual situation".

Mr Wang also urged the US and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

'What really matters is that the foreign minister of North Korea is here so he has the chance to listen to the views of various parties regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula'.

The ministers expressed serious concerns over maritime disputes in the South China Sea (SCS).

The joint communiqué, one of 32 outcome documents from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings, reflects the consensus of the ministers on issues concerning the region.

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They also mentioned in their 46-page statement a vague reference to an worldwide arbitration ruling a year ago that invalidated China's historical claims to virtually all of the strategic waterway. The administration is also mulling joint development activities with China in the area.

"However, there is sentiment across ASEAN that for this engagement to be truly productive and beneficial not just to ASEAN but to our region and the world, we need to ensure that there is a mutual openness and communication amongst us", Cayetano said. Bilateral talks on the South China Sea began in May, but the arbitral ruling was not raised. Originally reefs, additional dumping of sand and other materials have transformed them in to the islands of Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross - all of which are now under China's control and subject to increased military activity.

His father, Yohei Kono, also a former foreign minister, is widely known for the statement he issued under his name as chief Cabinet secretary in 1993.

".It doesn't mean all differences have gone away but by focusing on the overall dynamics of the relationship, we can achieve positive progress, confidence and move forward".

Protesters wear mock fishing boats during a protest condemning the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial meeting in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017.

But North Korea on Monday said its program for nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile is non-negotiable, chiding the Asean member states for rebuking the isolated communist country but not the United States for its "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang.

China and ASEAN nations on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the achievements made in their strategic partnership during the last 15 years and agreed to further enhance cooperation.

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