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China and Asean: Strategic Link Boosts Regional Stability

China and Asean: Strategic Link Boosts Regional Stability

In his comments, which came at the start of a meeting of Asean foreign ministers in Singapore, Lee also warned about escalating global trade tensions.

During the annual meeting of their foreign ministers in Singapore Thursday, an agreement was announced on an initial draft of a "code of conduct", a set of rules to discourage aggression and reduce chances of accidental clashes and miscalculations.

"As long as the joint development complies with the Philippine Constitution and there is no waiver of our sovereign rights under the arbitral ruling, I have no objection", he said on Thursday (July 2).

Wang, who is also China's foreign minister, urged the United States on Thursday to calm down and "carefully listen to the voices of US consumers".

China contends, however, the United States is meddling in Asian affairs.

"Our economic engagement has created hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the Pacific".

The exercises come as more nations, many Asean members among them, are drawn into China's orbit as the United States finds it hard to promote its policy of engaging Asia while promising to put "America First".

He added that the USA would support Asean efforts to promote peace in the region.

Pompeo had early this week announced new U.S. commitments to the region that included a US$113 million (RM460 million) down payment on a new era in USA economic commitment to peace and prosperity in the region.

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SINGAPORE, Aug 3 ― Asean looks forward to working closely with the United States (US) to bring the partnership to a higher trajectory, says Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

It is seen by many as an attempt to reassure US allies of Washington's commitment to the region, especially after pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

The Philippines is one example of a country which has taken a more conciliatory approach to China despite a bitter history of disputes over maritime sovereignty.

While not specifying the exact security assistance to be given, Pompeo said the funds were just a "down payment" on Washington's commitment to the region. Hyperplay, ASEANs first-ever e-sports and music festival will be held in Singapore this weekend. "It is important that ASEAN continues to support the multilateral system and work with like-minded partners to deepen our web of cooperation".

These span a range of areas including terrorism, cyber security, climate change, irregular migrants and maritime matters.

Ri is scheduled to attend Saturday's ASEAN Regional Forum meeting of the 10-country regional bloc and other forum members.

Beijing also suggested that China and Asean could carry out joint oil and gas exploration in the waters but again proposed that companies from countries outside the region be excluded from such activities, the document showed.

He will call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo tomorrow.