China, Vietnam reach consensus on appropriately handling contested South China Sea

Image US President Donald Trump and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang

China, Vietnam reach consensus on appropriately handling contested South China Sea

The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila, a diplomatic source said. They will remain at the hotel until the legal process is completed.

"It is in our collective interest to avoid miscalculations that could lead to escalation of tensions".

Mr Trump's offer faces major obstacles, as China has steadfastly opposed what it calls USA meddling in the disputes and is unhappy about the U.S. navy's incursions into what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the South China Sea.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims in the sea.

Leaders from China, the United States. and seven other nations are joining ASEAN at their annual summit.

This is ASEAN and China's biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. "He knows that if he goes to war, everything will blow up". "It can ill-afford a violent confrontation". They made no public mention of the UCLA case.

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Cayetano also assured that relations between Manila and Beijing "are going well".

In addition to claiming the vast majority of the 1.4 million square miles (3.5 million square kilometers) of sea - China has built-up small islands in the sea and outfitted them with missile systems, much to the chagrin of its Asian neighbors and the United States.

UCLA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, The Associated Press reported.

In August, ASEAN pushed for a legally binding code despite China's insistence for a document with lesser force.

Vietnamese and U.S. companies signed memorandums of understanding on gas development and automobiles as well as aircraft engine purchase and support during Trump's visit. Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency past year.

During their meeting, Duterte thanked Turnbull for coming to the Philippines and having the bilateral talk with him.

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"If that did happen, it would be a good thing, I can tell you, for North Korea. And we continue to cooperate in our alliances", he said.

Xi and US President Donald Trump, among others, just finished an Asia-Pacific economic summit in the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang.

When he raised concerns over China's increasing military capability in the South China Sea, Mr Duterte said Mr Xi replied, "No, it's nothing".

Xi called on the two sides to attach importance to the overall interests of the two parties and the two countries, proceed from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and carry forward the fine tradition of weathering hard times together, so as to open a new chapter in China-Vietnam relations. About $3-trillion in goods passes through the sea each year.

The Philippines had for many years stood alongside Vietnam as one of the region's strongest opponents to Chinese expansionism.

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