US tells China to fully execute NKorea sanctions

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

ASEAN has long wanted to sign China up to a set of laws to prevent disputes over energy reserves, fishing, and land reclamation, and avoid military conflicts in the South China Sea, where Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and China have competing claims.

Ri had been scheduled to hold a news conference in Manila, Philippines, where Asian diplomats are gathered for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Wang Yi added that China also supported the South's initiatives.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrives at a hotel in Manila, Philippines, Sunday evening.

The meeting between the two took place in Manila on Monday after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a fresh sanctions resolution against the North Korea.

The protracted quibblings delayed the statement's release, two Southeast Asian diplomats told the AP.

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".

Accusations of United States involvement in the statement began nearly immediately, with Cambodia (often acting as a proxy for China in the organisation) reportedly stalling. Humiliating enough, most of foreign ministers from the ASEAN refused to sit down with Ri.

The sanctions resolution that China and Russian Federation voted for was the seventh the Security Council has imposed on North Korea since 2006, when the country carried out its first nuclear test.

On Saturday, South Korean Foreign Minister Tang Kyung-Wha said he would like to meet his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho and tell him that they "must have a dialogue and that the North must stop the continuous provocations".

As a hard-won result achieved through the joint efforts of the two sides to reach an agreement, the document mirrors the shared commitment to build peace and stability in the waters demonstrated by China and the ASEAN countries recently. Asean also includes Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. "We further reaffirmed the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with worldwide law", the statement said.

Zhang Baohui, a mainland security expert based in Hong Kong, said China questions whether Singapore is honest when it says it didn't want to choose between the United States and China. This Summit appears to be no different, with anonymous sources pointing at Vietnam to explain the delay. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed, in effect, to postpone dealing with its dispute with China in exchange for a massive amount of economic assistance from that nation. Differing expectations between Beijing and ASEAN of what the code of conduct should look like also likely mean the negotiations will be anything but straightforward.

They urged South China Sea claimants "to refrain from land reclamation, construction of outposts, militarization of disputed features, and undertaking unilateral actions that cause permanent physical change to the marine environment in areas pending delimitation", the statement said.

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