The meeting of China and ASEAN member countries in Tianjin, China, Wednesday (29/7), produced some new rules and preparation service hotline to avoid fighting and anticipation of emergency in the South China Sea. Regulations and hotline services with other guidelines are part of a rule at a meeting's plan of senior officials in the implementation of the behavior in the South China Sea 9th.
According to a statement from the meeting, these measures aim to effectively control the maritime situation and avoid unexpected incidents. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and senior diplomats from 10 representatives of ASEAN countries present at the meeting. The meeting also discussed effective ways to implement the declaration, maritime pragmatic cooperation and promote consultation about the rule in the South China Sea. Liu said China and ASEAN countries agreed to continue to work toward establishing a hotline service to the foreign ministers of dealing with emergencies at sea.
Liu said there are several documents which was also approved at the meeting, including the work plan to implement the declaration this year and next year. Noppadon Theppitak, vice minister of the Foreign Minister of Thailand said : "Through our determination and confidence, we can and must transform obstacles into opportunities by committing to carry out full and effective implementation of the relevant declaration of the ethci's code.
Xu Liping, a senior researcher about Southeast Asia in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said that the rules and hotline services have been proposed at the right time, because mutual trust in the South China Sea were faced with challenges. According to him, the service hotline and code of conduct is to show the outside world that China and Southeast Asian countries were able to maintain peace and prosperity in the South China Sea region.