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Welcome Boost From China to Global Pressure on North Korea

09 Août 2017

However, in his opening speech, Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Cayetano did not refer to that issue and preferred to speak about the importance of the contributions of ASEAN, which will turn 50 years next week.

Wang said that apart from the new sanctions, the resolution also made clear that the six-party talks process, a stalled dialogue mechanism with North Korea that also includes Russian Federation and Japan, should be restarted.

Robespierre L. Bolivar, spokesman of the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs, said the foreign ministers "endorsed the framework of the code of conduct for eventual adoption at the ASEAN-China ministerial meeting on August 6".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting with North Korea's top diplomat during the gathering in Manila, urged the North to "maintain calm" despite the United Nations vote. "These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world", the statement said.

Still, Ms. Thornton gave credit to the Chinese for supporting Saturday's vote in the United Nations against North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the adoption of the framework created a solid foundation for negotiations that could start this year, if "the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable and on the premise that there is no major interference from outside parties".

Ahead of Tillerson's trip, the top American diplomat for Asia said the US was expecting a "general chorus of condemnation of North Korea's provocative behavior" as well as "pretty serious diplomatic isolation directed at the North Korean foreign minister".

Ms Bishop, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono issued their statement after the meeting on Monday.

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Critics say that China's sudden interest in the talks for the code was just a ploy to elongate negotiation as it consolidates its activities in the South China Sea where it has built man-made islands and installed military facilities.

Wang said that China had not carried out reclamation for 2 years.

Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council.

A man walks by a TV screen showing a local news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Its top diplomat said that while his country and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc "all fully recognized that the situation in the South China Sea is showing signs of changes and things are moving toward a positive direction", some countries outside the region "are not seeing the positive changes" and are holding onto a mindset that "still stays in the past".

Alarm over North Korea's missile tests, a tentative step to temper South China Sea disputes, and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants, will grab the spotlight at the annual meetings of Southeast Asia's top diplomats and their Asian and Western counterparts.

Wang said that while North Korea has reaffirmed the position that it has been saying all along, "I don't think it really matters much". As he sat down with South Korea's envoy, Tillerson said they planned to discuss next steps to ramp up pressure following the United Nations sanctions. But there were no signs the US would acquiesce to China's call for a quick return to negotiations.

Ms Bishop said Australia-China relations have developed to a new level following more interactions of high-level officials from two countries.

Welcome Boost From China to Global Pressure on North Korea