Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on May 20 expressed hope that ASEAN and China could conclude a framework of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) at the end of this year.
Anifah said negotiations for COC are heading in a positive direction, adding that the COC framework would be made public once completed.
Though COC is not legally-binding, it will be a guideline for security and peace of all those involved, he said.
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PacificSentinel: If it's not "legally-binding" then China will just ignore it and do what they want, as they do now with the DOC.