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China reports progress on South China Sea code of conduct

China reports progress on South China Sea code of conduct

"[Xi Jinping] replied to me, 'We are friends". "We are very realistic and practical", said the source, who declined to be identified. We don't want to quarrel with you.

Asked whether the agreement would be binding, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters: "I can not give you a definite answer now".

Duterte reminded Xi that the Philippines won the arbitration case in The Hague.

An inaugural meeting between the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Foreign Ministry of China for the bilateral consultative mechanism in the South China Sea dispute will take place in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province.

Yesterday, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano downplayed the importance of having a legally binding document.

Today, Duterte said he would be open to exploring the South China Sea's natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam.

Huang said it likely contains clauses barring the use of force or unilateral changes to facts on the ground, such as the construction of man-made islands by China that it has equipped with airfields and military installations. According to him, the Philippines have no cruise missiles.

In a ruling by a year ago, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague clarifies Philippine sovereign rights in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone to access offshore oil and gas fields, including the Reed Bank, 85 nautical miles off its coast. The Tribunal ruled that the Spratly Islands belongs to the Philippine.

China Coast Guard vessels patrol past Philippine fishing boats at the disputed Scarborough Shoal, April 5, 2017.

The draft framework was completed Thursday during the 14th senior officials' meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).

Sought for clarification, Carpio explained that the Philippines "can sue" China because the Asian giant "is not complying with the previous ruling" issued by another arbitral tribunal.

"It's an inaugural meeting so we have to temper our expectations", he said. They are controlled by Japan but claimed also by China. "Both sides expect to overcome their differences through dialogue, boost maritime cooperation, and continue to create conditions for resolving disputes", she added.

China has previously stated its intention of declaring the region an exclusive Chinese Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ).

"This is the first time we see what appears to be a drone flown by Chinese ships that are sailing within territorial waters", Suga said.

Four Indonesian soldiers were killed when a Chinese-made anti-aircraft cannon malfunctioned during an exercise in the Natuna island chain in the South China Sea, the Indonesian military said Thursday.

Duterte said, "Now that he is no longer in office, Del Rosario keeps talking".