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    Phl moves vs China’s activities in disputed seas

    AMID China’s rapid expansion activities in contested territories, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Monday said the Philippine government is proposing a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other claimants.
    “We ought to consider getting together and freezing all activities that escalate tension. Let's call for a moratorium in terms of activities that escalate tension,” Del Rosario told a local TV network.
    Del Rosario said the move is aimed at halting ongoing Chinese construction in the disputed areas, which the Philippines claims as part of its territory.
    He hopes the meeting could take place within the year.
    In Malacanang Palace, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the dialogue is a “worthy channel” for expressing their views and for gaining a better of each other’s position.
    Coloma said the government supports the proposal to conduct dialogue with China and other claimants in the West Philippine Sea to push a moratorium on construction activities that are provocative in the area.
    Coloma said the dialogue is a “worthy channel” for expressing their views and for gaining a better of each other’s position.
    He reiterated that the Philippines has been pushing for peaceful solution to issue related to the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea, as it urges claimant countries to work on a binding code of conduct (COC).
    ASEAN and China have been working since 2002 on the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.
    Coloma recalled that in 2012, concerned countries recognized the need to map out to the COC to provide “substance” on the code.

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