The spokesperson held that the two sides discussed the situation in the East Sea, the implementation of the DOC and the building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang

Both sides affirmed the importance of peace, security, stability, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, and at the same time emphasized the exercise of self-restraint, avoidance of actions that may complicate the situation, and the resolution of all disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, she added.

The diplomat said that ASEAN and China also expressed the wish to early complete the second review for a single draft COC negotiating text, and to soon adopt a substantive, effective COC in accordance with international law, including the UNCLOS 1982, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and security in the region, promoting cooperation and creating a favorable environment for peaceful resolution of disputes in the East Sea.

Translated by Chung Anh