Asean to exercise restraint on South China Sea issue
MANILA, Philippines — The foreign ministers of Southeast Asia and China have agreed to exercise restraint and avoid actions that could complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability in the South China Sea.
In a statement, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers said they had also agreed to enhance and promote maritime security and uphold the freedom of navigation and overflight above the South China Sea.
At the same time, they pledged to pursue the peaceful resolution of disputes, in accordance with international law.
—TINA G. SANTOS
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.