Asean-China projects not enough to measure ties

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

HAVING joint undertakings are simply not enough to ascertain that all is well between Southeast Asian countries and China.

This was the statement of Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario during the Asean-China Ministerial Meeting at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, saying there is a need for an overall environment conducive to deepen foreign relations aside from having joint projects.

“The continued deepening of our relationship must not only be seen in numbers of projects, but also in the enabling environment that makes such projects possible. Such an environment must be guided by the rule of law,” said del Rosario.

Del Rosario cited as example the amicable settlements over sea disputes as a measure of the level of multilateral relations among the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and China.

“Developments on the ground and on the seas should equally be amicable to reflect and complement the commitment with which we pursue our diplomatic dialogue,” said del Rosario.

Similarly, the DFA chief said the people-to-people interaction and connectivity among the Asean and Chinese peoples is also important in developing the regional community.

Earlier, del Rosario had presented to the Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) the Philippines’ Triple Action Plan (TAP) proposal in a bid to quickly address the growing tension over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. (HDT/Sunnex)

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