Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China's foreign minister says Japan kowtows to U.S. policies in Asia

China's foreign minister says Japan kowtows to U.S. policies in Asia

"Ultimately, President Moon Jae-in is a strong believer on dialogue and wants to get things on a different track with North Korea", said John Delury, an associate professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of worldwide Studies in Seoul.

The United States also said it hoped to build unified pressure on the North at the Manila event, known as the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), which US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is attending.

Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, support further strengthening of dialogue partnership with Russian Federation, according to the Joint Communique of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Manila released on Sunday.

A Philippine government spokesman says Southeast Asian foreign ministers have endorsed the framework for a long-sought code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea.

However, he acknowledged that the question of a legally binding code of conduct will be a key issue.

"In view of this positive momentum, we reaffirmed our readiness to begin the substantive negotiation on the COC and tasked our senior officials to start the negotiation on the COC with China", the joint communiqué said.

On Saturday, ASEAN ministers expressed "grave concern" about escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and two recent nuclear tests.

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According to Palestinian media reports, the initiative is meant to improve the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza. Two people were seriously wounded and another sustained light injuries, local media reported.

"[Why] is it that some countries do not want to see greater stability in the South China Sea?"

Kono told reporters Sunday he would call for demilitarization in the South China Sea.

Less than a week after Philippines president insulted his North Korean counterpart for conducting missile tests, he welcomed its foreign minister to an global meeting in capital Manila on Tuesday. The two participated in other multilateral meetings in Manila, including one between China and the 10 ASEAN ministers.

Australia, Japan and the United States yesterday urged Southeast Asia and China to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up will be legally binding and said they strongly opposed "coercive unilateral actions".

Dr Balakrishnan said it also helps that as Singapore prepares to take the Asean chair, its relationship with China is in good working order.

Although it's not an ASEAN member, China can exert its influence on allies like Cambodia to reject any move it deems inimical to its interest.

The Philippines, under President Benigno Aquino, was one of the most vocal critics of China and filed a case before a UN-backed arbitration, which past year ruled that China's claims to the sea had no legal basis.

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