ASEAN: China’s reclamation activities eroded trust and confidence

The 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia has concluded. Malaysia as the host country released the Chairman’s Statement. The said statement tackled massive reclamation in South China Sea.

“We share the serious concerns expressed by some Leaders on the land reclamation being undertaken in the South China Sea, which has eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea,” says in the document.

“In this regard, we instructed our Foreign Ministers to urgently address this matter constructively including under the various ASEAN frameworks such as ASEAN-China relations, as well as the principle of peaceful co-existence,” further says in the chairman’s statement.

The statement calls for parties in the Declaration on the Conduct in the South China Sea “to build, maintain and enhance mutual trust and confidence; exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities; to not to resort to threat or use of force; and for the parties concerned to resolve their differences and disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”