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North Korea top of agenda at ASEAN meeting

07 August 2017

Vietnam's SOM ASEAN head Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung said this is a positive beginning for the practical and efficient COC negotiation process later.

Speaking to Singapore media after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, which took place on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Manila, Dr Balakrishnan said that while there may be differences, both countries have not allowed this to affect the "overall tone of the relationship".

Jennings also said that the USA embassy in Manila stated on Friday that the United States would push Southeast Asian countries to "downgrade diplomatic engagements and exchanges" with North Korea before the Asean Regional Forum which Tillerson would also be attending in Manila next week.

"When the situation in the South China is generally stable, and if there is no major disruption from outside parties, with that as the precondition then we will consider during the November leaders' meeting, we will jointly announce the official start of the COC consultation", Wang told reporters.

Philippine government spokesman Robespierre Bolivar also announced the adoption of the framework and consensus on steps to start negotiations on the actual code.

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"These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world", the statement said.

"We wish Singapore well in these two roles", added Mr Wang.

First, to formulate a 2030 Vision for China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership as a blueprint to guide future relations.

Vietnam on Friday night sought to insert tough language against China in an ASEAN statement that was scheduled to be released after the Southeast Asian ministers wrapped up their own talks on Saturday.

Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and safeguard the global free trade regime.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh participated in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 50) opened in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5.

Fifth, to fully implement the China-ASEAN Joint Statement on Production Capacity Cooperation and boost each other's industrialization process. Actually, the 10 Asean countries don't have a consensus yet on some of the issues.

North Korea top of agenda at ASEAN meeting