China, US in talks on code of conduct over South China Sea

Peace and Freedom

By Nathan King 丨

08-29-2014 06:50 BJT

Chinese and US military officials are holding two days of talks in Washington to negotiate a code of conduct on the high seas. This comes in the wake of a Chinese fighter jet having a so-called “close encounter” with a US surveillance plane near China’s Hainan Island. Although the meeting was set up before this incident, it is believed the near-miss will make a difference during the negotiations.

These talks had been previously scheduled and stem from a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama back in March. That’s when both agreed on the need for an early formulation of a ‘code of conduct’ between both militaries when it comes to issues of air space and international waters.

However, last week’s “close encounter” in the South China Sea has brought, perhaps, more urgency to the talks. The US…

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