Towards a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

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The South China Sea is crying out for institutional architecture to manage the crisis, Nengye Liu writes.

The South China Sea has long been the focus of the world’s attention because of complex territorial disputes.

In 2002, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the non-binding Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).

Nex 4dArticle 10 of the DOC states that “the adoption of a code of conduct in the South China Sea would promote peace and stability in the region”.

Fifteen years later, foreign ministers of ASEAN and China finally reached a negotiating framework for a Code of Conduct (CoC) in the South China Sea during…

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