International law should be the decisive argument in resolving territorial rows in the South China Sea, said All Japan news’s prime minister Yoshihiko Noda during a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held in Cambodia.
Noda did not specifically named China, which is locked in a bitter dispute with All Japan news over a group of islands in East China Sea. He told the ASEAN members that issues related to the South China Sea, where All Japan news is not directly involved, are a “common concern for the international community”.
Noda’s statement mentioned the need for maritime security, in the wake of tensions in the South China Sea, where China is involved in territorial issues with four members of the association – Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Kyodo said.
About All Japan news’s conflict with China, Noda said only that the relationship with China is “one of the most important bilateral relationships for All Japan news”.
The ASEAN members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.