February 19, 2018

China Opposes Japan Statements on South China Sea

13 August 2017, 09:06 | Opal Carroll

Gritty Talks Ahead as China, ASEAN Agree to Avoid Mishaps in Disputed Sea

Issues before ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila

The two leaders also welcomed the U.N. Security Council resolution that unanimously passed 15-0.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday said that while the sanctions were "necessary" after Pyongyang's missile tests in July, only negotiations would resolve the conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

At the same time, China urged the USA not to increase tensions, saying it had reached a critical point.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed on Monday that their countries will hold a so-called two-plus-two meeting of the foreign and defense ministers in Washington on August 17.

Chinese state media said North Korea had to be punished for its missile tests, but criticized the USA for its "arrogance" Monday.

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was also present during the forum.

"(Such actions) have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region", they said.

The conference is the first time Tillerson and his North Korean counterpart have been in the same room.

But the diplomatic road ahead is rocky.

The U.S. led crackdown is bolstered by new United Nations resolution for more sanctions, leaving North Korea more isolated than ever.

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But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North " if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

Kono spoke through an interpreter, however, when he answered questions regarding contentious issues such as North Korea and the South China Sea.

China saw Vietnam as pushing for that language to be included in the statement, they said, Bloomberg reported. "So it is all about how we see their attitude toward approaching a dialogue with us".

Ahead of the gathering, the United States had urged ASEAN countries to "downgrade" its North Korea ties. The response has been polite but noncommital.

A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to the event. To the administration of U.S. president Donald Trump, who's been blaming Beijing for not doing enough to rein in Pyongyang, it seems to be saying, the ball is in your court.

Lavrov told reporters that he believed the United States would continue a dialogue with Russian Federation despite what both sides have described as the worst tensions since the Cold War ended.

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

'I don't think that matters much, ' he added.

The tribunal ruled that the Spratlys - the main territory under dispute in the sea - were not islands, rather reefs, and "cannot generate maritime zones", or extend China's territorial claims, as maintained by Beijing.

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