A Code of Conduct in the South China Sea between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China has long been delayed since the latter has the upper hand in the region, an analyst said Thursday.
ANC's resident analyst Richard Heydarian said, despite the hopes of ASEAN for a dialogue on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, there has been little movement because China has been delaying the discussions.
“China is clearly dragging its foot while building on the ground and you have ASEAN countries holding on to this illusion that dialogue alone is enough to moderate the behavior of China,” Heydarian said on “[email protected]”
Heydarian argued that even though other countries are arguing that the Philippines is only keen on the issue due to its territorial dispute with China, a Code of Conduct should still be addressed to promote “regional integration.”
With the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN 2017, it remains to be seen whether the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte will prioritize the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
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