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Philippines says China wanted non-legally binding South China Sea code

07:58 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Philippines says China wanted non-legally binding South China Sea codeBy Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - China pushed for a maritime code of conduct with Southeast Asian countries that would not be legally binding, the Philippine foreign minister said on Tuesday. Alan Peter Cayetano said some countries wanted the South China Sea code to be legally binding, and China preferred the less forceful "binding". The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China hailed the adoption on Sunday of a negotiating framework for the code of conduct (COC) as progress towards preventing disputes.


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