Southeast Asian leaders seek agreement on South China Sea code

20 March, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Southeast Asian leaders seek agreement on South China Sea code

Ten Southeast Asian nations and Australia on Saturday urged countries to reject protectionism, as the U.S. raised tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, risking a possible trade war.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would raise human rights concerns with leaders in Myanmar, which has been criticised for its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, and Cambodia, which has dissolved the main opposition party and jailed government critics.

He is the only Asean leader who will be addressing the conference, which runs alongside the Australia-Asean Special Summit.

But others, including Vietnam, have publicly come out against China's behavior in the region.

Definitely, however, statements supporting freedom of navigation, resolving issues through global law and dialogue and support for the code of conduct are likely to be included in the ASEAN-Australia communique. And where the rule of law protects all nations.

Every ASEAN leader wants New Delhi to play a more assertive role in the Indo-Pacific region, Preeti Saran, secretary at India's Ministry of External Affairs, was quoted as claiming at the time.

"Those who seek to use technology to do us harm do it as innovatively as any of us can and they are able to adapt and move in a very agile way", Mr Turnbull said.

Turnbull has welcomed the idea and said he looked "forward to discussing that with President Jokowi if he raises it with me", according to the Australian Associated Press.

"This is especially crucial as global mood is shifting against worldwide trade and globalisation".




"We are looking for a true democracy", he said.

"These steps could easily lead to tit-for-tat responses and a trade war".

It is the largest economy in ASEAN and has trade with New Zealand worth $1.8 billion.

PM Phúc is expected to deliver three speeches, with the focus on ASEAN-Australia co-operation, including enhancing regional security and prosperity, the ASEAN-Australia economic partnership and regional maritime co-operation.

He noted that cybercrimes are a transboundary problem that is hard to police.

North Korea is pursuing its weapons programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has boasted of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reject protectionism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singapore counterpart said on Friday, amid fears about a possible trade war sparked by USA plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

A joint statement has been issued by Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a special summit was concluded Sunday in Sydney.

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