Vivian Balakrishnan to co-chair Special Asean-China foreign ministers' meeting in Yunnan: MFA

Mr Balakrishnan will co-chair the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Mr Balakrishnan will co-chair the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. PHOTO: MFA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will visit Kunming, capital of China's south-western Yunnan province, for two days from Monday (June 13) to attend the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday. 
 
Dr Balakrishnan will co-chair the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as Singapore is the Country Coordinator for Asean-China Dialogue Relations, MFA said in a statement.

The meeting will discuss Asean-China relations and the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, as well as Consultations on the Code of Conduct, the statement said.

Mr Wang and Yunnan provincial leaders will host dinners for Dr Balakrishnan and other Asean foreign ministers, MFA added.
 
China and four Asean nations - Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei - have overlapping territorial claims to the South China Sea, which hosts vital global shipping routes. 

Talks between Asean and China to frame a Code of Conduct on how to navigate around these disputes have been under way since 2002.