News / Asia

China Ready to Join South China Sea Talks

China Ready to Join South China Sea Talksi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
Scott Stearns
July 12, 2012 10:38 PM
China on Thursday appeared closer to agreeing to hold talks on a code of conduct to resolve competing territorial claims over the South China Sea. The standoff has dominated a meeting of regional foreign ministers in Cambodia. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns is there.
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."

You May Like

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the US are seeing gas prices dip below $3 a gallon More

Afghan Women's Soccer Team Building for the Future

A four-team female league was recently set up in Kabul; It will help identify players for the national team More

Video Koreas on Edge Amid Live-fire Drills

Pyongyang threatens nuclear test as joint US, S. Korean exercises show forces’ capabilities More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
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.

In Response

by: XINSHENGMING from: CHINA
July 13, 2012 12:12 AM
It is not a disputed area, the area belonged to China from ancient time

In Response

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.

In Response

by: Mike from: Canada
July 13, 2012 5:55 PM
That might explain Hawaii, but why hasn't Japan gotten the Kurils back yet?

Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Skateboard Defies Gravityi
X
November 21, 2014 5:07 AM
A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Gay Evangelicals Argue That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
Video

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.
Video

Video Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Ferguson Church Grapples with Race Relations

Many white residents of Ferguson, Missouri, say they chose to live there because of the American Midwest community's diversity. So, they were shocked when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August – and shaken by the resulting protests and violence. Some local churches are leading conversations on how to go forward. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid