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South China Sea incidents a 'wake up call' for Code of Conduct: PM Lee

Published on May 11, 2014 4:27 PM
 
(From left) Madame Ho Ching, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Myanmar President Thein Sein and his wife Khin Khin Win pose for the photo before the opening ceremony of the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on May 11, 2014. Recent incidents in the South China Sea are a wake up call that a code of conduct is urgently needed to guide claimants' actions in the disputed resource-rich waters, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, May 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

NAYPYIDAW: Recent incidents in the South China Sea are a wake up call that a code of conduct is urgently needed to guide claimants' actions in the disputed resource-rich waters, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday.

He also called on Asean leaders to provide strong political support for the challenging process of negotiating such a code.

"We must now make urgent progress on the code of conduct to prevent future mishaps," he said.

With tensions rising in the disputed waters following a collision of vessels between China and Vietnam last week, days before the Asean summit here, Mr Lee said "such incidents could easily spiral out of control, trigger unintended consequences and undermine confidence in our region".

 
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