Friday, 04 September 2015

Southeast Asia

Asean, Chinese Officials Seek To Rebuild Trust Over South China Sea

The meetings follow a breakdown in talks over a code of conduct for the contentious South China Sea during Asean meetings with China earlier this year.

China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.
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China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.
China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.
Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer
Asean representatives and Chinese officials opened a workshop in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of a regional Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, which remains a nettling problem for many Southeast Asian countries.

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong opened the meetings, saying he was pleased that all parties have expressed “full commitment” to implementing the declaration, which was signed in 2002.

The meetings follow a breakdown in talks over a code of conduct for the contentious South China Sea during Asean meetings with China earlier this year. In those talks, which ended in stalemate, Cambodia was accused of using its chairmanship of Asean to further the ambitions of China, a major donor to the country.

Nopadol Gunavibool, a Thai foreign ministry official, said Thursday’s meeting was not about implementing the declaration in full, but of rebuilding “trust and confidence.”

Fu Ying, vice foreign minister of China, said her country is committed to fully implementing the declaration. A declaration of conduct is seen as a necessary stopgap for preventing conflict over the sea, where overlapping claims between China and other Asean countries have been the source of military standoffs in recent months.

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said Cambodian did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention centre under an agreement. Australia and Cambodia agreed last September that some refugees from Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia in exchange for Australian aid, but only four have arrived since then. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak told Reuters that they "have no plans to receive more refugees from Nauru." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied the deal had collapsed. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer.

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