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Jakarta Post

South China Sea guidelines agreed

  • Abdul Khalik and Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Thu, July 21 2011   /  08:00 am

After nine years of negotiations, China and ASEAN agreed on Wednesday on a historic set of guidelines for cooperation on disputed areas in the South China Sea, a sign that both sides have moved toward easing tensions over various claims to energy-rich islands in the area.

The agreement was reached after senior officials from both sides met during the annual meetings of ASEAN, ahead of Thursday’s gathering of the regional grouping’s foreign ministers.

The document — the guidelines for the implementation of the declaration of conduct (DOC) — is aimed to “guide the implementation of possible joint cooperative activities, measures and projects”, according to the draft discussed in the meeting.

“Through the fruitful and constructive discussion and dialogue, we have been able to arrive at our level of agreement on the draft guideline of the implementation of ...