US Vice President Biden urges agreement on South China Sea code of conduct
United States Vice President Joe Biden on Friday urged Asean and China to quickly reach agreement on a code of conduct on maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
He called on all parties invovled to "reject coercion, intimidation, threats and use of force".
"We are encouraged by the agreement to start discussions on a code of conduct and we hope to see it followed through in the upcoming weeks," he said at the Istana.
Four Asean member states - the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei - have territorial claims in the sea which overlap with China's.