ASEAN Code of Conduct?

Summit draws nations with mixed views on Beijing’s moves in South China Sea

Australian and ASEAN pursue maritime code of conduct


SYDNEY — Southeast Asian leaders urged adoption of a code of conduct for the South China Sea at the end of a special summit hosted by Australia, sending a message meant to be heard in China.

The two-day meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Australia ended here Sunday with a declaration emphasizing the importance of freedom of navigation, “non-militarization¬†and the need to … avoid actions that may complicate the situation.”

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