Asean 'agrees' South China Sea cooperation deal

Asean 'agrees' South China Sea cooperation deal

Asean 'agrees' South China Sea cooperation deal

Singapore suffered its worst cyberattack earlier this year, when hackers stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, from a government health database.

"I am pleased to announce yet another milestone in the COC (code of conduct) process", said Vivian Balakrishnan, the foreign minister of Singapore who is hosting the meeting of regional leaders and lawmakers from around the world in the city-state.

His Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, called the working text "good news" and "great progress".

China wants military exercises and energy exploration with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists on outside countries being excluded in what analysts said was a bid to diminish U.S. influence.

He also said that the agreement on a single text didn't mean that negotiations were over or that all the competing claims over territory in the South China Sea were resolved as the code of conduct "was never meant to resolve territorial disputes", according to the report.

Members of RCEP include the ten ASEAN countries and China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Malaysia also said in March it had foiled a cyber-heist of its central bank.

"That is the biggest force behind militarization in this region", he said.

Foreign ministers of ASEAN dialogue partners, such as the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Russian Federation are in attendance. Moscow has denied involvement.

Pompeo also said in a tweet that he raised USA concerns about the two reporters "detained in Burma for doing their job" during a meeting with Myanmar's foreign minister Kyaw Tin on the sidelines of a regional gathering in Singapore.

Beijing also suggested that China and ASEAN could carry out joint oil and gas exploration in the waters, but again proposed that firms from countries outside the region be excluded from such activities, the document says.

Over the first year and a half of US administration, President Donald Trump attended his first US-Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit in Manila; Vice President Pence visited the Asean Secretariat; and numerous cabinet secretaries travelled to the region, including Pompeo's recent visit to Vietnam.

Speaking on the event sidelines on Thursday, China's Wang Yi called for a push to establish a peace mechanism as well as denuclearisation.

Cayetano spoke in Singapore with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers' meeting.

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