ASEAN’s maritime hotline

Hopes that improved communication will improve relations.

Asean countries agree to set up hotline to deal with maritime issues in the region

The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations or Asean has proposed to set up a hotline to resolve maritime disputes and to ensure communication lines remain open between member countries during a crisis. The Direct Communications Link proposal was unveiled at the Asean defence minister’s meeting in Subang, in the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

The move to finally set up the hotline, a proposal that was first brought up two years ago, comes as defence ministers continue to grapple with the differences between member countries over how to tackle the South China Sea maritime and territorial spat with China. Several Asean countries are in dispute with China over the South China Sea territory.

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