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China Ready to Join South China Sea Talks

PHNOM PENH – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met Thursday in Cambodia to discuss how best to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Secretary Clinton said no nation can fail to be concerned by the increase in tensions and the uptick in controversial rhetoric over the South China Sea.

"We have seen worrisome instances of economic coercion and the problematic use of military and government vessels in connection with disputes among fishermen," she said.

China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan all have competing claims to parts of the South China Sea. The dispute dominated talks here at the meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

ASEAN this week failed to agree on a unified approach to a code of conduct governing resolution of the standoff.  But U.S. officials say Chinese Foreign Minister Yang gave Secretary Clinton "a careful indication" that Beijing is willing to join a dialogue on the code as soon as September, ahead of November's ASEAN summit here in Cambodia.

Yang said China and the United States are building a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Beijing and Washington are continuing toexpand common ground, respect each other and "properly handle differences and sensitive issues," he said.

The Obama administration is not taking sides in any of the disputes over maritime boundaries in the South China Sea, Clinton said.

"But we do have a fundamental interest in freedom of navigation, the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, and unimpeded lawful commerce. And we believe the nations of the region should work collaboratively and diplomatically to resolve disputes without coercion, without intimidation, without threats, and certainly without the use of force," she said.

China says ASEAN is not the place to resolve these disputes because it is not about the regional forum, it is between China and some ASEAN members.

Secretary Clinton agreed that, wherever possible, territorial issues should be resolved between claimants.

But she added that broader questions about conduct in disputed areas and about acceptable methods of resolving disputes should be addressed in multilateral settings such as ASEAN "because approaching them strictly bilaterally could be a recipe for confusion and even confrontation."

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by: Walt Peterson from: USA
July 12, 2012 7:16 AM
This is hopeful news. In the absence of a code of conduct, the chances are greater that some random incident between any of the claimants on any of the islands could provoke a wider conflict. China has been reluctant to support such a code, apparently in the belief that they could sustain their claims against any other claimant. I hope that the sentiment expressed by the Chinese Foreign Minister to cooperate on developing a code is sincere.
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by: XINSHENGMING from: CHINA
July 13, 2012 12:12 AM
It is not a disputed area, the area belonged to China from ancient time
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by: Cả Thộn from: Hà Nội
July 12, 2012 9:31 AM
We have had hopes for 10 years, since DOC was born. China intensionally delays the aggreement on COC for its own ugly advantages but China always creates hopeless hope for us to wait !

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 12, 2012 6:29 AM
I agree on not bilateral but multilateral talks to resolve international disputes because bilateral talks would lean to triumph of an economically dominant country.
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by: Mike from: Canada
July 13, 2012 5:55 PM
That might explain Hawaii, but why hasn't Japan gotten the Kurils back yet?
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