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Beijing is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council and the chair of stalled six-party talks involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The statement also appealed to ASEAN members and China.

"We felt that you were forced to fulfill a mission that the United States had given you", Wang said, referring to Kono's earlier remarks regarding China's military buildup in the contested waters of the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, Wang yesterday canceled a scheduled one-on-one meeting in Manila with his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, because China was upset over the wording of a communique released by ASEAN foreign ministers on Sunday night that expressed concern over land reclamation on disputed islands, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public.

In a joint statement after their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the same gathering on Sunday, the US, Japan and Australia delivered a noticeably sterner rebuke to Beijing.

China's approach to working with the other ASEAN countries is dismissive at best.

Every year, the joint communique would publish contents related to the South China Sea, but this year a change has been made: first, the length of related contents is significantly shorter than in the past; Second, the ASEAN countries have... approved the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) framework with China and showed a positive attitude toward the next step's specific consultation.

They called on "all claimants to make and clarify their maritime claims" and to "resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with the global law of the sea".

"But the problem of territorial disputes between China and the Philippines is between China and the Philippines".

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China has refused to recognise either the tribunal sitting at The Hague or the ruling and insists that the USA and its allies should stay out of what Beijing says are purely bilateral disputes with its neighbours.

It seems, however, that Vietnam nearly put a spanner in the works by attempting to push its own agenda during the meeting of Asean foreign ministers.

"We also fully recognize the trend towards relaxation in the South China Sea", he added.

If and when they ever get started, negotiations under the new framework will face a number of thorny issues, including whether the code should be legally binding.

Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea.

Thornton says she expects China and other countries in the dispute will likely announce a new "code of conduct" framework during the summit for dealing with the maritime issue.

There was no mention at all of the ruling previous year of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which rejected China's claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.

Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Amti-CSIS) on Thursday disproved the claims of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that China is no longer doing reclamation work on any of the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

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