China ready to sign South China Sea code of conduct


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing is willing to sign a code of conduct on the South China Sea with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Li attended an online summit with ASEAN leaders on Tuesday.

State News Agency Xinhua reported that Li said that relations between China and ASEAN members are developing in a healthy and steady manner.

He also said that China and ASEAN were helping each other in the coronavirus pandemic, which made their ties even stronger.

The prime minister announced that China was ready to provide coronavirus vaccines and other supplies.

He also said Beijing will work for an early launch of the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership which involves 15 countries mainly from East Asia.

Li also called for supporting China’s candidacy for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership. Taiwan has also asked to join the trade pact.

The premier also referred to the South China Sea, saying that peace in the region serves the common interest of China and ASEAN members.

In August, the two sides agreed on the preamble of the code of conduct to prevent disputes in the South China Sea.

Beijing is believed to be hoping to negotiate with relevant parties to resolve the disputes without the participation of the United States and other countries.


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