ASEAN countries urged to 'dispel disruptions'

Updated: 2016-07-25 13:41

By ZHANG YUNBI in Vientiane, Laos(

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Wang noted the Dual Track approach first proposed by Brunei and championed by China.

The approach calls for specific disputes to be resolved through peaceful consultations by parties directly concerned and stability in the South China Sea to be jointly maintained by China and ASEAN.

Wang said the approach "complies with the articles of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), with the principles of international law represented by the UN Charter, and with the common aspiration and interests of regional countries."

"This approach met some disruptions, but as things settle down, the importance and effectiveness of the Dual Track approach is reaffirmed by all parties," Wang added.

Lim Jock Seng said Brunei has been upholding the Dual Track approach and calling for the South China Sea dispute to be resolved peacefully through bilateral and diplomatic consultations, which serves the common interests of ASEAN and all parties.

Brunei will continue to uphold this position, he said, adding that ASEAN should cooperate with China, push forward the implementation of the DOC, and advance consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, which is of crucial importance to regional peace and stability.

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