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Asean, China hopeful sea code will be completed by 2019

SINGAPORE --- Members states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China are hopeful that the single draft document to negotiate the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea would be completed by 2019. In a common statement read by President Rodrigo Duterte during the Asean-China Summit here on Wednesday, Southeast Asian leaders and China reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the South China Sea as tensions continue to grip the disputed waterway amid Beijing s aggressive militarization and reclamation. Asean and China have seen steady progress in the initial phase of the COC negotiations since the announcement of a Single Draft COC Negotiating...

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