Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
Added 12-09-19 01:03:01am EST - “A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce…” - Washingtontimes.com
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BEIJING (AP) - A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.
Japanese media say officials are concerned China will seek to craft a South China Sea code of conduct with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that will seek to exclude countries viewed by Beijing as hostile interlopers, such as Japan and the United States.
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Specifically, the agreement could make resource extraction off limits and require its permission for military operations between ASEAN member states and those not directly party to the agreement, according to Japan’s Nikkei financial newspaper.
It quoted an unidentified Japanese official as saying China’s goal was tie ASEAN’s hands with rules that suit Beijing and eliminate or restrict outside influence.
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