South-east Asian leaders issued strong remarks in a statement opposing the Chinese Communist Party’s claim to the entire South China Sea.
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At the ASEAN Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over what he described as alarming incidents in the South China Sea.
An international studies expert believed that Duterte’s speech at the ASEAN Summit finally recognized the problem with China’s actions in the South China Sea. But Professor Renato De Castro of the De La Salle University doubted the sought-after code of conduct that’s expected to come out in 2022 could do much in stopping the Chinese Communist Party’s maritime expansion in the disputed waters.