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China Pushes For Non-Legally Binding South China Sea Code at ASEAN

China was pushing for creating a maritime code of conduct with other Southeast Asian countries that would not be legally binding for the South China Sea, according to the Philippine foreign minister. Reuters reported that Alan Peter Cayetano said that some countries wanted the code for the South China Sea to be legally binding, but China preferred only “binding” so all parties realized it was better to drop the mention of it from the framework and move forward. “Everyone is more open to negotiations,” Cayetano told a news conference. “At first, words about being non-legally binding, China dropped, just said …read more

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