Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea: A Cambodian Initiative for Maintaining Peace and Stability

September 24, 2015

China’s massive land reclamations in the South China Sea were a hot topic for discussion at the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in early August. The annual gathering of ASEAN FMs also noted a significant progress in negotiations between ASEAN and China, which agreed to proceed to the next stage of consultations and negotiate the structure and key elements of the proposed Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). While regional analysts and international media applauded this progress, there was also harsh criticism of Cambodia when the country for the second time served as ASEAN Chair in 2012.