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South China Sea's Code of Conduct draft ready: Wang

By Mo JIngxi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-03-08 14:12

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the China-ASEAN joint working group has made visible progress in consultation at the end of February and produced the first draft of a Code of Conduct (COC) framework for the South China Sea.

The situation in the South China Sea has calmed down visibly over the past year, as the a result of joint efforts from of China and the ASEAN countries, he told a news conference during the two sessions on Wednesday.

According to Wang, the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea is being implemented in a full and effective way, while China and the ASEAN countries are advancing the COC consultation to work out a common set of regional rules.

"If someone should try to make waves and stir a trouble at this moment, then he will have no support other than meet the common opposition of the entire region," he said, noting that China will never allow the hard-won stability to be disrupted once again.

The foreign minister also said China would like to see more maritime cooperation and greater trust between the parties in the 21st century.

"Even between China and the United States, if we change our mindset, then the vast oceans may well become a broad stage for our cooperation," he said.

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