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Assessing the ASEAN-China Framework for the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

Assessing the ASEAN-China Framework for the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

Despite its shortcomings, ASEAN and China’s endorsement of the framework is a step forward in the two-decade long conflict management process for the South China Sea. Going forward, the framework will form the basis of negotiations between ASEAN and China on the COC. However, if past is prologue, this process is likely to be protracted and frustrating, especially for those Southeast Asian countries who are keen to have a legally binding, comprehensive and effective COC in place as quickly as possible. Continue reading

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