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Southeast Asian unhappy over North Korea's missile tests - Cambodia

Southeast Asian unhappy over North Korea's missile tests - Cambodia

ASEAN and China should establish a set of rules that were "legally binding, meaningful, effective and consistent with worldwide law", Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement following a meeting in Manila. "So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send us is just stop, stop these missile launches".

The Kono statement represents the sincerity of Japan, Wang said.

The Japanese and Chinese ministers met on the sidelines of a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations-related gatherings, which marked Kono's debut on the world stage Sunday.

Before the ASEAN 50 founding anniversary, the Chinese government announced that the South China Sea territorial dispute should not allow outsiders to resolve the dispute but it should be resolved only by claiming parties involved.

"The statement was issued one day late because we were still discussing the wording about technical and political matters", Mr Sokhonn said.

August 6 (EIRNS)-On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the foreign ministers of the ten members of Asian and other countries in the Asia Pacific region are meeting starting today in the Philippines, this year's chairman of ASEAN.

The Philippines won a landmark decision at the United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal but China has repeatedly rejected the decision.

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and jointly safeguard the global free trade regime.

China's claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea were entirely rejected by a decision handed down by a court of arbitration in July a year ago.

He also maintained that their policy was not weaker than that of the previous administration, and they were "gaining ground" in pursuing national interests by approaching the eastern giant "in a friendly manner [and] building trust with China". "It doesn't mean we're giving up with legally binding".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Kono said at a press conference Monday that Japan supported the U.S. in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation and in a veiled reference to China, opposed "any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force".

"We are confident that China-ASEAN relations will move from a period of rapid growth to a period of maturity and further to build on that to move forward to a comprehensive strategic partnership", he added.