North Korea foreign minister says South Korea approach lacks sincerity: Yonhap

  • North Korea foreign minister says South Korea approach lacks sincerity: Yonhap

North Korea foreign minister says South Korea approach lacks sincerity: Yonhap

Kang was in Manila to attend ASEAN meetings, including the ASEAN Regional Forum, a rare worldwide event to which North Korea also sends its foreign minister annually.

Before the ASEAN 50 founding anniversary, the Chinese government announced that the South China Sea territorial dispute should not allow outsiders to resolve the dispute but it should be resolved only by claiming parties involved.

Deputy FM Nguyen Quoc Dung noted that together with many other countries, Vietnam raised concerns regarding the situation in the East Sea, including the activities of reclamation, construction and militarization, while calling for maintaining principles and the stance regarding the East Sea, already specified in ASEAN documents, as well as agreed upon by ASEAN and its partners, especially the peaceful settlement of disputes, without the use or threat to use force, while respecting global law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and diplomatic and legal process.

Xi has set the bar with high-profile speeches, such as his defense of globalization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Their trade amounted to $452.2 billion a year ago, and now about 2,700 flights connect China and the 10 countries in every week.

Singapore is in an unusual position diplomatically, poised nearly precisely between the United States and China, in part because Chinese ire at Singapore for keeping ties with Taiwan produces the occasional dispute.

China will pay the biggest price from the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea because of its close economic relationship with the country, but will always enforce the resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has stressed the importance of abiding by worldwide rules in the South China Sea despite China's rejection of a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that invalidated Beijing's claims.

Also Cayetano disclosed updates on Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's courtesy call on PRRD at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). "So human rights, don't go there". His state councilor position is among dozens of offices that could be reshuffled after a key party congress later this year. "This feels completely like a mission assigned [to Japan] by the US", Wang said.

Still, Wilfrido Villacorta, a former ambassador and permanent Philippine representative to Asean, said a quieter approach may have served U.S. interests. China's Wang hailed this change in the tenor of South China Sea discussions, claiming real progress has been made.

China's accessibility didn't smooth all the rough edges of its diplomacy in Manila.

"Beijing has made it very clear to Singapore what it expects on the South China Sea issue", said another Asian diplomat in Hong Kong who is familiar with the situation. China saw Vietnam as responsible for language in an Asean statement that mentioned land reclamation, the people said.

"I look it at more as a prerequisite and it is a logical prerequisite for me".