VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Timeline of the ASEAN and China Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

The adoption last weekend by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China of a framework for a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea marks a milestone in a diplomatic process that began 25 years ago. (See South China Sea Code will not cover bilaterally disputed areas, says China)

Here is a timeline of key events dating back to 1992, when the goal of having a COC was first set.


1992 ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea

Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea

Terms of Reference for Implementing the DOC

Draft of the Regional Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

Guidelines to Implement the DOC

Six-Point Principles on the South China Sea

Chairman’s Statement of the 18th Asean-China Summit

Chairman’s Statement of the 30th Asean Summit

Draft Framework of the COC

Philippine Paper on ASEAN-China ZoPFFC in the South China Sea

ASEAN Regional Forum

Tripartite Agreement for JMSU

ASEAN’s proposed elements of a Regional COC in the South China Sea

Report on the Fifth SOM on the Implementation of DOC (ASEAN Draft)

Report on the Fifth SOM on the Implementation of DOC (Chinese Draft)

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