Unrealistic To Set Timetable For South China Sea Code Says Chinese Official

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Unrealistic To Set Timetable For South China Sea Code Says Chinese Official

BEIJING – Talks on completing a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea will be long and complex and it would be unrealistic to set a timetable, state media on Thursday cited a senior Chinese diplomat as saying.

Southeast Asia and China agreed last week on a working text to continue long drawn-out negotiations over the code of conduct, with officials lauding it as a “milestone” and “great progress”.

Several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have overlapping claims to the sea, one of the world’s busiest and most strategic waterways, where China has expanded reefs into manmade islands.

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