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China, Asean to talk on South China Sea code at meeting in Singapore

Published on Mar 7, 2014 6:28 PM

BEIJING - China is willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to formulate a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Friday.

Mr Qin's comment was reported by the Xinhua news agency and it came ahead of the 10th joint working group meeting between China and Asean on the implementation of the declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China Sea.

The meeting will be held on March 18 in Singapore, the Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed in reply to a question by The Straits Times on Friday.

"Singapore will be hosting the 10th meeting of the Asean-China Joint Working Group (JWG) on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) on 18 March 2014. Participation is at the working-level," MFA said.

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