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South China Sea Issues

This page aims to take stock the key documents related to the key milestone documents of the South China Sea Issues into a single stop.


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Chronology of the Key Milestone Documents of the South China Sea Issues:

  • On 04 November 2002, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
    ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers signed the “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea” (DOC) which is a political milestone to promote peace, stability and mutual trust.
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  • On 07 December 2004,
    ASEAN and China decided to established the “Terms of Reference of the ASEAN-China Joint Working Group on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea”
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  • On 21 July 2011, in China,
    ASEAN and China adopted “Guidelines for the Implementation of the DOC” in the ASEAN Post Ministerial Meeting (PMC)
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  • On 19 November 2012, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
    ASEAN and China adopted the “Joint Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the DOC.”
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  • On 2o July 2012, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
    ASEAN issued the “Six-Point Principle on the South China Sea.”
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  • On 22 June 2016, Cambodian People’s Party issued a statement on the South China Sea Arbitration,
    CPP Statement on the South China Sea-(KHM and ENG)
  • On 12 July 2016, Hague, the Permanent Court of Arbitration issues the Award in Philippines and China case which filed in 2013:
    1. The Award of the South China Sea Arbitration_PCA (Philippines vs. China)
    2. Press Release_the South China Sea Arbitration (Philippines vs. China)
  • On 13 July 2016, Chinese issues White Paper on Settling Disputes with Philippines
    Chinese White Paper on the Settling Disputes with the Philippines






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