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China-ASEAN: From ‘blue economy’ to stable Indo-Pacific

  • Angel Damayanti

    Dean of School of Social and Political Sciences, Indonesian Christian University (UKI)

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  01:36 am

Building stronger ASEAN-China relations in a new era, as stated by former Chinese ambassador to ASEAN Huang Xilian (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 2), is very timely. Economic cooperation between the two parties is significantly increasing and China is becoming a very strategic partner for ASEAN’s economic growth in the last two decades.The commitment of China’s government to create a peaceful and stable region as shown in the 1992 Declaration on the South China Sea, the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the South China Sea, the 2017 framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) and the 2018 Single Draft South China Sea COC Negotiating Text is also praiseworthy. However, it is undeniable that the overlapping claims on the South China Sea between China and ASEAN member states Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam justifies their common yet conflicting interests. Althou...