Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung led the Vietnamese delegation to
the event, which was co-chaired by China and Singapore, which
coordinates the relations between ASEAN and China
The ASEAN member countries expressed concern over the recent
developments in the East Sea while laying an emphasis on the importance
of the sea and the international community’s interest in the recent
The ASEAN member states and China reaffirmed the significance of fully
and effectively realising the DOC to foster trust and practical
cooperation, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, maritime and
aviation security and safety.
In committing to doing so, they particularly stressed the full and
efficient implementation of Article 4 on peaceful settlement of
disputes, Article 5 on self-restraint, Article 6 on cooperation
promotion, and Article 10 on COC building, of the DOC.
Participants discussed the nature of the COC as well as approaches to designing it for the first time.
They agreed to draft guidelines on launching a hotline on response to
urgent contingencies at sea for ASEAN and Chinese senior officials, as
well as complete the formulation of the ASEAN-China Joint Statement on
the Implementation of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea,
considering them concrete outcomes ahead of the commemorative summit for
the 25 th anniversary of ASEAN-China relations in September in Laos.
Countries agreed that the next senior officials’ meeting and the meeting
of the ASEAN-China Joint Working Group (JWG) on the Implementation of
DOC will be held in August in China.
The meeting also debated preparations for the special meeting of the
ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers slated for June 14 in Kunming,
Speaking at the event, Deputy Foreign Minister Trung asserted that
Vietnam and ASEAN place special importance on their relations with China
and that peace and stability in the East Sea are tied closely with
peace, stability and prosperity of countries in and outside the region.
He called on ASEAN and China to fully and effectively realise DOC,
particularly specifying the document’s Article 5 via adopting the
building of a list of to-do and not-to-do actions in the East Sea while
promoting practical collaboration at sea.
He stressed the need to promptly reach a COC to manage and prevent
disputes, creating an environment conducive to the peaceful settlement
The Deputy FM proposed increasing meetings and discussions on practical
issues, especially the COC drafting and deadline, and expressed support
to “early harvest” measures and continuous studies.