Philippines to host four-country meeting about South China Sea disputes
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Philippines announced today it will host a meeting on December 12 in Manila regarding in the . The meeting of deputy foreign ministers is to be attended by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the host country.
The meeting is a new step in attempts to solve disputes between these countries and China. China has previously stated it wishes to solve the disputes bilaterally instead of multilaterally. It comes after the failure of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to produce a consensus on how to solve the disputes during a summit this month. Cambodia, an ally of China, is the current chair of ASEAN.
Current disputes in the South China Sea include areas such as the Taiwan each claim nearly the whole sea while the countries attending the meeting claim parts of it.and the . China and
The area contains abundant fishing grounds and important shipping lanes. Largedeposits are believed located in the area.
- AP. "Philippines calls 4-country meeting to discuss territorial disputes in South China Sea" — , November 21, 2012
- Philippines to host four-way maritime talks" — , November 21, 2012. "
- "Philippines to Host Meeting on South China Sea Disputes" — , November 21, 2012