Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) always supports the early approval of an
effective and legally-binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), the Foreign
Ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference in
Hanoi on August 3.

Hang made the remarks while answering reporters’ queries about
issues related to a framework agreement on the COC which is expected to be
approved at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’
Meeting and related meetings in the Philippine capital city of Manila.

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“In accordance with ASEAN’s regulations, at
this meeting, ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers will consider the adoption of
a framework agreement on the COC in the East Sea, which had been finalised at
the ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting on the COC consultations,” she said.

While evaluating the efficiency of the COC in
resolving conflicts at sea, Hang said the common benefits of all ASEAN members
and regional countries is maintaining peace, security and stability in the
region and the East Sea.

“Based on that foundation, ASEAN always agrees that
it is necessary to have an effective and legally-binding COC in the East Sea as
soon as possible to ensure peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation
in the East Sea on the basis of observing international law, including the
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS),” the spokeswoman