Asean and China to sign a framework of code of conduct

Asean and China are set to agree on a framework of a code of conduct that is “rules-based” with a set of norms to guide the parties and promote maritime cooperation in disputed waters during the Asean foreign ministers’ meet this weekend, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Friday (Aug 4).

The two sides also agree to ensure maritime security and safety and freedom of navigation and over flight. They also emphasize “respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international law, and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.”

The Asean meetings which will see the gathering of 27 foreign ministers in marking the 10-nation bloc’s 50th anniversary and for a regional security forum, started today (Aug 5) and is due to end on August 8.

About 13,000p policemen have been deployed to areas in Metro Manila where the Asean meetings are to be held this weekend, to secure hundreds of foreign diplomats.

Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office however said there were no credible security threats from any terrorist group.

The meetings are held at the Philippine International Convention Center at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Manila.