The First ASEAN-Australia Biennial Summit was held on 7 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR. The Summit was attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia. 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.
22. We underlined the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability, freedom of navigation in and over-flight above the South China Sea. We underscored the importance 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. The Meeting noted the commitment of 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 welcomed ASEAN Member States and China’s efforts to work 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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