ASEAN chair Indonesia plans to step up negotiations to finalise a code of conduct to help tackle territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
ASEAN chair Indonesia to drive talks on South China Sea
Indonesia plans to intensify talks with China and other Southeast Asian countries to finalise a code of conduct (COC) for the disputed South China Sea, its foreign minister says, amid escalating tensions in the strategic waterway.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was speaking in Jakarta on Saturday at the close of a meeting between foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the 10-member regional bloc chaired by Indonesia this year.
“ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific was central to the discussion,” she said.
“We also discussed about the COC, the commitment of members to conclude the negotiation of the COC as soon as possible.”