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Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 10:12:43 -1000
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From: Vincent K Pollard <pollard@HAWAII.EDU>
Subject: South China Sea * Spratly Islands <Agence France Press/NAPSNet>

South China Sea * Spratly Islands

From Vincent K Pollard <pollard@HAWAII.EDU>
26 November 1999

Agence France Presse ("China thwarts Spratlys deal at Manila summit," Manila, 11/25/99) reported that the PRC declined support of a draft "code of conduct" aimed at preventing clashes and easing tensions in the Spratlys islands and other hotly disputed South China Sea territories at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Lauro Baja told journalists, "ASEAN and China are still holding further consultations." Baja also said the code would not be signed before the summit ends.

A statement issued by the Philippine hosts said the draft called for a "halt to any new occupation of reefs, shoals and islets in the disputed area to ensure peace and stability in the region."

[SOURCE: Summarized in NAPSNet, _Daily Report_, 25 November 1999, Part I, no. 6]

Vincent K Pollard
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