“ASEAN should speed up efforts towards an early start of negotiations with China to achieve an early conclusion of a code of conduct on the South China Sea,” ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh said.
In 2011, ASEAN and China agreed on a non-binding set of guidelines to allow dialogue and cooperation during talks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
A binding code of conduct is aimed at reducing the chance of conflict among the claimants.
Mr Minh also vowed to push ASEAN to move ahead in launching the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
“Despite the many challenges, I fully believe that ASEAN will emerge triumphant.
“The Asean Secretariat will continue to play active roles in supporting and coordinating with member states to help ease and drive the establishment of the ASEAN Community,” Mr Minh said.
“The next five years will be exciting and critical ones. We in the secretariat are prepared to work closely with ASEAN member states to make sure we are able to deliver our major commitments and aims,” he said.Source: Bangkok Post “New Asean chief seeks talks”
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