He wrote the book: Trump offers to solve South China Sea dispute
15 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Katrina Soto
The commitment was made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the 20th Asean-China summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
"Li saidChina is the largest country in the South China Sea and a major nation that uses the lanes in the sea, thus China shows more interest in safeguarding peace, stability, and navigation freedom in the South China Sea than any other country in the world", Xinhua said.
Mr Trump's offer faces major obstacles, as China has steadfastly opposed what it calls U.S. meddling in the disputes and is unhappy about the USA navy's incursions into what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the South China Sea.
The Philippines, the head of ASEAN's rotational chairmanship, said member states of the 10-nation regional bloc have to consult each other but thanked Trump for the offer.
"While the situation is calmer now, we can not take the current progress for granted", said the draft ASEAN Common Statement on ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations for the 20th ASEAN-China Summit.
"Of course, the claimant countries have to answer as a group or individually, and not one country can just give an instant reply because mediation involves all of the claimants and non-claimants", he pointed out.
China, Taiwan and four member-states of Asean - Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam - have overlapping territorial claims over the South China Sea.
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Duterte revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled to him during a meeting that he wanted peace in the region, saying he does not want to "waste the lives of my countrymen for a useless war that can not be won by anyone".
"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war".
China has dismissed that ruling as a "sham" and did not participate in the arbitration case that the Philippines filed during the administration of Duterte's predecessor.
On Sunday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suggested that, despite their differences, the leaders should not discuss the South China Sea.
Duterte has grown closer to China since he took office past year and Vietnam has emerged as Beijing's main challenger in the area. The dispute centers around the Spratly and Paracel Islands. So we welcome that offer, let's see how everyone's response.
Mr Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping spoke separately about the territorial rifts before an annual summit of South-east Asian nations that also includes the US, China and other global players.
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