Asian nations warn of'alarming South China Sea incidentsChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 26, 2020
Vietnam and the Philippines warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at a regional summit on Friday amid concerns that China was stepping up its activity in the disputed South China Sea during the coronavirus pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte
“Even as our region struggles to contain coronavirus, alarming incidents in the South China Sea occurred,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told an online meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders on Friday.
“We call on parties to refrain from escalating tensions and abide by responsibilities under international law,” he said.
In his opening remarks at the ASEAN Summit, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said international institutions and internationl law had been seriously challenged during the global crisis. ■