BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Pefecto Yasay Jr. said that Asean member countries see the need to “sustain the momentum of dialogue in order to ease tensions in the region” amid militarisation in the disputed South China Sea.
BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - An official from the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs said the Asean member-states have been united in coming with a legally binding Code of Conduct on the South China Sea.
TOKYO (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - A Japanese expert on international relations say that while distrust is high for China among Southeast Asian countries, it is still better to have an existing Code of Conduct in the disputed territory.
WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - South China Sea experts from the United States and Japan believe that China “will never agree to a real code of conduct” as it would go against its interest in the disputed waters.
WASHINGTON (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Two American experts believe that China will “never agree to a real code of conduct” on the South China Sea dispute and that “China’s goal is to make this thing drag on for as long as possible.”
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Amid the result of a recent poll showing that 8 in 10 Filipinos want the country to assert its right on the disputed seas, the Philippine government said that it is not giving up on the issue, but just taking a “soft landing” approach.