Phl seeks gentleman's agreement on sea code
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With no legally binding mechanism to enforce any deal on the South China Sea dispute, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) may, in the meantime, settle for a “gentleman’s agreement” to prevent war or at least keep the situation in the region stable. Newly appointed Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano made this observation on Friday after the ASEAN and China finished a draft framework for negotiating a code of conduct (COC), despite regional skepticism over Beijing’s commitment to rules that can restrain its maritime ambitions. In July last year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague invalidated China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea and the West Philippine Sea in a case filed against Beijing by the previous Aquino administration. A code of conduct is the key objective of a 2002 Declaration on Conduct, large parts of which China has ignored, particularly a commitment not to occupy or reclaim uninhabited features.
Lee-Brago, P., Mendez, C., & Laude, J. (2017, May 20). Philippines seeks gentleman’s agreement on sea code. Philippine Star, pp. 1, 11.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; International agreements; International cooperation; International law; Law of the sea; Investments; Trade; Economics; Military operations; Land reclamation; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Cayetano, Alan Peter; Chee, Wee Kiong; Batongbacal, Jay; Abella, Ernesto; Carpio, Antonio; Duterte, Rodrigo; del Rosario, Albert; Xi, Jinping
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