Beijing is ready to work with ASEAN for peace in the China Sea
10:22 - 03/11/2019
Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang, Sunday, after meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said that China is ready to work with Southeast Asian countries stressed in order to achieve peace and stability in the long term in the South China Sea .
At the summit meeting in Bangkok, Li noted the progress made on the long-awaited code of conduct in the South China Sea, which is scheduled to be completed within three years.
"We are ready to work with Asia under the consensus reached to support long-term peace and stability in the South China Sea according to a three-year timetable," he said in a statement.
The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan claim parts of the South China Sea, while China claims almost the entire maritime area.
Delegates attending a summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand, will discuss a number of topics, including the regional free trade agreement.
China is working to secure the so-called regional comprehensive economic partnership, which will cover one-third of world trade and involve nearly half of the world's population.
The proposed agreement, led by Beijing, has taken on new life after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Done / 25