Xi Jinping: China to Maintain Peace in the South China Sea

Xi Jinping: China to Maintain Peace in the South China Sea

"Terrorism and violent extremism endanger the peace, stability, and security of our region because these threats know no boundary", he said.

Since coming to office 16 months ago, the firebrand leader has been conciliatory to Beijing, despite a ruling by an worldwide arbitration court favoring the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China.

Tensions over the sea spiked earlier this year when Vietnam suspended an oil exploration project in an area of the waterway also claimed by Beijing, reportedly over pressure from its powerhouse communist neighbor.

But on Sunday, Vietnam's state television said Chinese President Xi Jinping told Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong he wanted to work with Southeast Asian nations on a Code of Conduct (COC) in the sea.

A report from the Associated Press said Southeast Asian leaders were to announce Monday the start of negotiations with China on a so-called "Code of Conduct" in the disputed South China Sea in what they regard as a milestone but some experts dismiss as a non-starter.

The Asean summit opens on Monday under extra-tight security at a theatre and convention complex by Manila Bay.

Vietnamese and USA companies signed memorandums of understanding on gas development and automobiles as well as aircraft engine purchase and support during Trump's visit.

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This comes after the ASEAN-China Summit on Monday, as part of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines this year.

In a meeting with Duterte on Monday, Trump did not express concern about the Philippine president's crackdown on illegal drugs, Duterte spokesman Harry Roque told reporters.

A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told ESPN that the three players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two".

"If you go to the negotiating table and you start with the statement 'that I am here to claim validity of our ownership, ' you're wasting your time. And we continue to cooperate in our alliances", he said. Both Trump and Xi were following on from the latest APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit that concluded Saturday in the coastal city of Danang, 470 miles (750 kilometers) south of Hanoi.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said Sunday that his country wants to end disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful means.

The media was ushered out of the venue before they could hear the response of the Australian Prime Minister. It is then unclear how different this will be from the similarly non-legally binding DOC.

Vietnam has become the most vocal opponent of China's moves after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte softened his country's stance on China.

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