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Wang Yi Put Forward a Three-point Initiative to Uphold Peace and Stability in the South China Sea

Foreign Minister Wang Yi put forward a three-point initiative to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea when speaking at the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting (10+1) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 5.

First, States in the South China Sea region undertake to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety, accelerate the consultations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC), and actively explore “preventive measures on managing risks at sea”.

Second, states outside the region undertake to support the above-mentioned efforts by states in the region, and refrain from taking moves that could raise tension and complicate the situation in the South China Sea.

Third, all states undertake to follow the international law in exercising and upholding the freedom of navigation and over-flight in the South China Sea.

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