Vietnam, Germany one with PHL over South China Sea issue

The Philippines and Vietnam assure continued cooperation in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea. Both countries also vowed to promote the rule of law in solving maritime disputes in the region, Department of Foreign Affairs said.

While attending the 10th Asia Europe Meeting Summit in Milan, Italy, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario met Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

“These [unilateral] activities [of China] are in contravention of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and are contrary to the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” Del Rosario said. The Secretary represented President Aquino in the said summit attended by 51 Asian and European countries.

Philippines and Vietnam agrees to bring up issues in South China Sea in the said meeting of Asian and European countries. They will urge attending nations to support 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the expeditious conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a joint press conference with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung earlier last week in Berlin, also expressed support for peaceful resolution of disputes in South China Sea. “We urge, and in this we are in full agreement, a peaceful solution. We could envisage discussions or international arbitration.” Merkel added that she will advocate for a peaceful resolution during the two-day ASEM summit.

The summit started Friday, October 17.