Asean ministers air concern on China sea buildup
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Southeast Asian foreign ministers yesterday aired concerns over China’s activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, noting that land reclamation continued even after talks began between their 10-member bloc and Beijing to agree on a code of conduct. Meeting in this city-state, the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) welcomed the start of negotiations, while calling for restraint in activities and avoidance of any actions that may complicate the situation. “We discussed the matters relating to the South China Sea and took note of the concerns expressed by some ministers on the land reclamations and activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.
Romero, P., & Sy, M. (2018, February 7). Asean ministers air concern on China sea buildup. The Philippines Star, p. 6.
- The Philippine Star