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‘Three-way formula’ to solve South China Sea disputes

In a bid to calm down tempers over South China Sea disputes, China has proposed a three-way formula, including direct ‘bilateral’ talks, to address the escalating tensions with several of its maritime neighbours.
On a fence mending mission with the Association of South East Asian Countries (ASEAN) countries whose top officials are meeting in Bangkok, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said the three-way formula could be tried simultaneously to resolve the vexed dispute.

An agreement can be reached through consultation and negotiation between ‘direct parties concerned’, he said during his meeting with Surukiat Sathirathai, chairman of Asia Peace Reconciliation Council, on Saturday. The only way that can lead to final solution is through direct talks between the parties concerned, he said.

Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, which are all part of ASEAN have been pressing for the regional bloc to collectively deal with China, which claims almost all of the South China Sea as its own. They are also seeking help of the US to resolve the dispute.
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