Australia endorses 'code of conduct' for South China Sea
Published on Feb 20, 2014 7:12 PM
MANILA (AFP) - Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop on Thursday voiced her support for the completion of a "code of conduct" aimed at reducing tensions amid China's aggressive claim to almost all of the South China Sea.
Ms Bishop, who is on a visit to the Philippines, said she discussed the matter with her Filipino counterpart Albert del Rosario.
There have been heightened tensions between China and its neighbours - including the Philippines - because of disputes over maritime territory.
Ms Bishop said Australia favoured the push by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to craft a "code of conduct" to better manage the issues.
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