Singaporean PM underlines int’l law in dealing with East Sea issue

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Singaporean PM underlines int’l law in dealing with East Sea issue

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emphasized the importance of international law in dealing with disputes, including those on the East Sea.

Speaking at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations on June 24, PM Lee said from the point of view of a country which must survive in an international system where there are big countries and small, and the outcomes cannot be determined by might is right, international law must have a big weight in how disputes are resolved.


The PM affirmed that while it is not a claimant state in the East Sea, Singapore supports efforts of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in negotiating with China a Code of Conducts (COC) on the East Sea in order to manage and resolve territorial disputes.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is on a visit to the US to mark the 10-year anniversary of a free-trade agreement between Singapore and the US.

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