United States offers to mediate in S. China Sea row

United States offers to mediate in S. China Sea row

The agreement came at a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi. China is likely to reject any expanded US involvement in the quarrels over sovereignty. The country claims a huge swathe of the South China Sea.

While Manila appreciates Trump's "honest" offer, Cayetano said claimant countries in the contested waters must first give their take on the proposal. For one, China has steadfastly opposed what it calls U.S. meddling in the disputes and has balked at the U.S. Navy's incursions into what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the South China Sea.

President Donald Trump offered his services Sunday to help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will also sign an accord protecting migrant workers coming from poorer countries in the region during a two-day summit that opened Monday in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said.

"As chair of the ASEAN, the Philippines has articulated whether the statements are stronger or kinder and President Xi understood that President Duterte has to do this as chairman of the ASEAN", he said.

"Of course, the claimant countries have to answer as a group or individually, and not one country can just give an instant reply because mediation involves all of the claimants and non-claimants", he pointed out.

Washington is not among the claimants to the waterway, among the busiest in the world, but it has declared it has a national interest in ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of the disputes.

India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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"He acknowledged that war can not be promoted by anybody, (that) it would only mean destruction for all of us", Mr Duterte told reporters after flying back to Manila.

"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war".

Leaders at the Philippines summit will discuss the South China Sea, but mainly to agree on a procedural step to cool tensions.

During Trump's visit to Beijing last week Xi reiterated that China would strive for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but offered no hint that China would change tack on North Korea, with which it fought side by side in the 1950-53 Korean war against US-led forces.

In 2013, the Philippines filed an global arbitration case against China, and scored victory three years later. Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency past year.

"Pending a comprehensive and durable settlement of territorial and jurisdictional disputes, the parties concerned may explore or undertake relevant cooperative activities.without prejudice to the positions of the concerned parties to the dispute", they added.

China has been urged by both South Korea and the United States to take a more active role in curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions.

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