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Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements

The 4th ASEAN-United States Summit: Chairman’s Statement on the South China Sea, September 2016

The 4th ASEAN-United States Summit was held on 8 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Thongloun Sisouthlith, Prime Minister of Lao PDR. The Meeting was attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and the Honourable Barack Obama, President of 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 Summit, which focuses on the South China Sea issues. 

31. We underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability, safety, security, unimpeded lawful maritime commerce, freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea. We underscored the importance of exercising selfrestraint in the conduct of the activities, and for the states concerned to resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). We also emphasized the importance of non-militarization. We stressed the need for ASEAN Member States and China to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety, and work expeditiously towards the early conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC).

The full Statement is below:

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