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The 19th ASEAN-China Summit: Chairman’s Statement on the South China Sea, September 2016

The 19th ASEAN-China Summit to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations was held on 7 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao DPR. The Summit was attended by all Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. The Secretary- General of ASEAN was also in attendance.

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

20. We underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation in, and overflight above, the South China Sea. We welcomed the recent adoption of the Joint Statement by the 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) We stressed the importance of the full and effective implementation of the DOC in its entirety.

21. We adopted the Joint Statement on the Application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) in the South China Sea, and the Guidelines for Hotline Communications among Senior Officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN Member States and China in Response to Maritime Emergencies in the Implementation of the DOC. We welcomed the elements of completing the implementation of Early Harvest Measures by the end of 2016, finishing the consultation on the COC outline in the first half 2017 under circumstances without disturbances and fast tracking COC consultations as contained in China’s proposed Four Visions on the Code of Conduct (COC) consultations.

The full Statement is below:

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