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ASEAN Ends Impasse and Urges Non-Militarisation in South China Sea

ASEAN Ends Impasse and Urges Non-Militarisation in South China Sea

At the same time, China urged the US not to increase tensions, saying it had reached a critical point.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan during a meeting in Manila on Sunday that ties had come back on track of late.

Chinese state media said North Korea had to be punished for its missile tests, but criticized the us for its "arrogance" Monday.

Representing the United States at the dinner was Susan Thornton " acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

On Sunday, he declared the latest United Nations sanctions a "good outcome".

The joint communiqué, one of 32 outcome documents from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings, reflects the consensus of the ministers on issues concerning the region. And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well.

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Ambassador Nikki Haley "has [gained] diplomatic traction" and "is gaining diplomatic results", according to the BBC. He said the regime would be in trouble "like few nations have ever been" if they do not "get their act together".

The DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

But the diplomatic road ahead is rocky.

North Korea is not a dialogue partner of the Asean but is part of the Asean Regional Forum, which include Russia, Japan, the United States, China and South Korea.

Just last week, the President said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may look chubby and kind but he is actually a "maniac" for playing with unsafe nuclear weapons.

Wang apparently expressed hope that Kono's inauguration as foreign minister will provide a good opportunity for improving China's relations with Japan, while also criticizing Japan on South China Sea issues.

That means, in China's mind, no longer allowing the U.S. to station a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) antimissile system on its soil. The response has been polite but noncommital. That suggests that Washington has been trying to steer ASEAN members toward taking a stronger stance against China: a welcome sign of engagement after the US has lately seemed missing in action on the dispute.

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The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to the event.

President Donald Trump is demanding full and speedy implementation of the new penalties.

In this regard, South Korea saw a possible move that might alleviate tensions by proposing dialogues with #North Korea.

"We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles", Mr Tillerson said.
But, he added, "this is not a 'Give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".

The ASEAN conference also addressed other issues of regional concern. China's claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei, all of which belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc. China is North Korea's most important ally.

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