China, ASEAN officials to meet on South China Sea this week

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-16 19:36:47|Editor: ying
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BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday said that the 14th Senior Officials' Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be convened on Thursday in Guiyang in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and senior diplomatic officials from ASEAN countries will attend the meeting. Prior to the meeting, there will be the 21st Joint Working Group meeting on the Implementation of the DOC.

"China and ASEAN countries will continue with their discussion on implementing the DOC, pushing forward maritime practical cooperation and issues related to the negotiation on the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC)," said Hua.

She said that China and the Philippines will convene the first meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue in Guiyang on May 19, when the Chinese vice foreign minister and Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Sta. Romana will attend the meeting to discuss the South China Sea issue.

China expects and believes that the two countries will consolidate consensus, enhance trust, and clarify misunderstandings through bilateral talks, while properly handling differences and promoting maritime cooperation, to create conditions for solving relevant disputes, said Hua.

Moreover, Hua said China and ASEAN senior officials will talk on China-ASEAN ties and cooperation within the East Asian region on May 19 in Guiyang.

The DOC, signed in 2002 by China and ASEAN countries, outlines the most important principles in the management of disputes on the South China Sea, and consultations for the COC were launched by the two sides in 2013. Both are aimed at safeguarding peace and stability in the region.