THE decision of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to start talks on a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea will usher in peace and tranquility in the region.
This is how Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardne interpreted the recent development as he lauded state leaders for their effort to help resolve the impasse in the South China Sea.
“I think this is one of the most significant achievements of the ASEAN Summit,” Evardone said.
Evardone is confident that the Code of Conduct will ensure unhampered navigational use of the South China Sea, which is one of the busiest sea lanes in the world.
He also said China’s agreeing to sit down with ASEAN to draft the Code of Conduct for South China Sea can already be considered a milestone for peace and development in the region.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced this ASEAN and China’s biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
“Leaders of ASEAN and China leaders have agreed to start talks on the Code of Conduct based on the framework approved by the foreign ministers in August,” the DFA said.
In a draft statement for the ASEAN-China Summit, both parties vowed not to take the “calmer” situation in the South China Sea “for granted.”
“While the situation is calmer now, we cannot take the current progress for granted,” it added.