(From Jakarta Post)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is likely to issue a joint statement on the South China Sea in response to an upcoming verdict on the Philippines’ arbitration case against China on the disputed territories, an official said on Thursday.
“As the leading organization in the region, with interests in the South China Sea, it would be strange if Asean didn’t have a viewpoint,” the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s Asean dialogue partner and inter-regional cooperation director, Derry Aman, told journalists on Thursday.
However, the regional organization’s mechanism requires that all ten member countries reach consensus before declaring a unified stance on the issue, he added.
The regional organization will conduct a special ministerial meeting with China from June 13 to 14, ahead of the upcoming verdict on the Philippines’ South China Sea case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. Read More
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