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Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements

The 11th East Asia Summit: Chairman’s Statement on the South China Sea, September 2016

The 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 8 September 2016. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR. The Summit was attended by the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

The following is an excerpt from Chairman’s Statement of the 11th East Asia Summit which focuses on the South China Sea issues. 

South China Sea

24. We reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation in and over-flight in the South China Sea. Several Leaders remained concerned over recent developments in the South China Sea. We stressed the importance for the parties concerned to resolve their disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). We also emphasized the importance of non-militarization. We welcomed the Joint Statement issued by Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member States and China on the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), and emphasized the need for ASEAN Member States and China to ensure the full and effective implementation of the DOC in its entirety. We welcomed the efforts by ASEAN Member States and China to work towards the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

The full statement is below:

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Related documents:

Statements of Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States on the South China Sea, September 2016: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/statements-of-heads-of-stategovernment-of-asean-member-states-on-the-south-china-sea-september-2016/

Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements: https://seasresearch.wordpress.com/category/official-positions-and-legal-instruments/treaties-agreements-and-joint-statements/

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