During the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Manila, delegates reached a negotiating framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, seeking to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties.
Experts speaking on CGTN’s Dialogue explained how this Code of Conduct is the result of several rounds of talks and was also influenced by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s thinking on how to handle this issue. Moreover, upgrading the regional ASEAN bloc to a regional security body is also under discussion.
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