A COC that would legitimize China’s artificial islands in the Spratlys

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that he and the 10 foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have approved the framework for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. This is just a framework, not the long-desired COC. Nevertheless, it is a major step towards an agreement that hopefully […]

August 7, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

No Asean-China COC until China completes Spratlys military bases

The standard press statement of Malacañang and foreign affairs officials prior to the President’s attendance in the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is for the Philippines to push for the adoption of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. President Aquino did that a week before he took off […]

April 27, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  2 Comments