Tensions in South China Sea

May 19, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the recent rise in tensions between Vietnam and China in the South China Sea, which have the potential to undermine regional peace and stability. In particular, we are concerned by dangerous conduct at sea and intimidation of vessels and by recent mainland events that have resulted in the vandalization of private property.

“Canada encourages both parties concerned to seek an amicable resolution of disputes, in accordance with international law, and to avoid undertaking any confrontational or intimidating actions that would further escalate tensions in the region. We are concerned by actions that may jeopardize freedom of navigation, international trade and maritime security.

“We welcome the statement issued at the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit on May 11, 2014, and support the dialogue between ASEAN members and China to develop a Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. We would view favourably any efforts agreed to by the parties concerned toward a peaceful resolution of disputes in this region.”

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