Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Southeast Asia

Asean Seeks To Downplay Row Over South China Sea

In recent months, clashes have nearly erupted over overlapping claims in the sea, which lies on a major international shipping route.

Chinese and ASEAN leaders attend the 15th ASEAN-China Summit in Phnom Penh's Peace Palace, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (VOA Khmer/Sophat Soeung) Chinese and ASEAN leaders attend the 15th ASEAN-China Summit in Phnom Penh's Peace Palace, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (VOA Khmer/Sophat Soeung)
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Chinese and ASEAN leaders attend the 15th ASEAN-China Summit in Phnom Penh's Peace Palace, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (VOA Khmer/Sophat Soeung)
Chinese and ASEAN leaders attend the 15th ASEAN-China Summit in Phnom Penh's Peace Palace, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (VOA Khmer/Sophat Soeung)
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PHNOM PENH - The president of the Philippines, a major Asean claimant to portions of the South China Sea, says the country wants the right to solve its problems on the world stage. But Asean leaders on Tuesday sought to downplay his remarks and said they did not signal a rift within the 10 Southeast Asian nations in the bloc.
 
Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of Asean, called the difference in remarks between Cambodian officials, who said Sunday Asean would not “internationalize” the issue, and the Philippines a “matter of interpretation.”
 
“As far as I am concerned there is a consensus, that we would like to pursue the issue without having it affecting other constructive, other positive momentum,” he said.
 
Asean is trying to reach a consensus on a Declaration of Conduct, or DOC, that would help decrease the likelihood of conflict there. But amid its four claimant states to areas of the sea—Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam—there is concern that the issue is not being resolved. In recent months, clashes have nearly erupted over overlapping claims in the sea, which lies on a major international shipping route.
 
On Monday, Philippines President Benigno Aquino said his country has a right to “defend its national interests,” including seeking international support for its claims to the sea, outside of Asean.
 
China, meanwhile, appears to want to keep discussions outside of Asean as a bloc. Analysts say China has a stronger position in bilateral talks with separate states over the sea. 
 
“Asean as a regional organization should not be getting itself involved in the territorial disputes between state and state,” Chinese government spokesman Qin Gang said. “And China will continue to come back [with] sincere dialogue with Asean countries and to fully implement in an effective way the DOC.”
 
Asean leaders said at the end of talks Tuesday they recognize the importance of the Declaration on the Conduct and want to see a code of conduct agreed upon soon.
 
Kao Kim Hourn, a secretary of state for the Cambodian Foreign Ministry, said “key elements” of the maritime code are complete, “but I think we need to get full cooperation to get things moving.”
 
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters Tuesday that “informal” discussions on the code of conduct are under way, in what he called a “very typical Asean way of building things, step by step.”
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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