Chinese Foreign Minister Calls for Early Development of Conflict Prevention Rules in South China Sea

Chinese Foreign Minister Calls for Early Development of Rules to Prevent Conflicts in the South China Sea September 9 at 10:09 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a meeting with foreign ministers of the ASEAN-Association of Southeast Asian Nations, expressed his willingness to cooperate in the fighting of the new coronavirus, and called for the early formulation of a code of conduct to prevent conflicts in the South China Sea.
The Foreign Ministers’ Meeting between China and the 10 ASEAN countries was held in a video conference format from 4:00 p.m. on September 9, Japan time.

At the beginning of the meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “ASEAN is now China’s largest trading partner. We would like to cooperate with each other in the medical field of the Corona Virus antivirus.”

Mr. Wang also called for the early formulation of a code of conduct to prevent conflict, saying that he would like to “aim to create rules that reflect the characteristics of the region” on the issue of the South China Sea, which has territorial disputes with some ASEAN member states and other countries.

In the South China Sea, China claims almost all of its interests, while the United States, in July, made clear its policy of countering China as “completely illegal” and increased its involvement by conducting large-scale military exercises to deploy two aircraft carriers.

In response to this situation, China is ought to eliminate U.S. involvement by emphasizing its position to resolve the issue between the countries that are competing for territorial rights in the South China Sea by showing its willingness to develop a Code of Conduct.

Chinese Foreign Minister to Russia

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced at a press conference on September 9 that Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Russia and other places from 10th to 16th to attend the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization led by China and Russia.

Mr. Wang will attend a meeting with foreign ministers of the ASEAN-Southeast Asian Federation of Asian Nations, which will be held on September 9 in the form of a telecon conference, but will not attend the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting or the ASEAN Regional Forum of the East Asian Summit, which is scheduled to be held after the 10th, and will be coordinated by the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs from China.