Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on Asean countries and China to maintain dialogue on the South China Sea.
In a speech delivered in China on a recent visit, Hun Sen said the contentious issue, where several Asean countries are in disputes with China, should be solved under existing mechanisms between China and Asean, including a so-called “declaration of conduct” to prevent military conflict.
“This is a very complicated issue for the countries that are our partners,” he said.
Countries locked in disputes with China included Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. They have called for multi-lateral solutions through Asean. China, meanwhile, has an interest in maintaining a relationship with Southeast Asia.