China ready to speed up talks with Asean over South China Sea

  • China is ready to work with Malaysia and other South-east Asian nations to speed up consultation for a South China Sea code of conduct, according to Premier Li Qiang.
  • Beijing is prepared to collaborate to jointly maintain peace and stability in the area, Mr Li was cited as saying during a meeting with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on 1 Apr.
  • Li also said, according to Xinhua, that China is ready to work with Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries to actively advance negotiations on the Asean-China Free Trade Area, as well as to jointly implement the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and promote building the East Asia economic community.
  • China asserts rights to more than 80% of the South China Sea based on a 1947 map showing vague markings that have since become known as the “nine-dash line.”

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