Amid delays in making rules to prevent conflict in the South China Sea between China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the Philippines has revealed that it is calling on Vietnam and Malaysia to make rules bilaterally. It seems that the aim is to ask each country, including China, to hasten the creation of rules as a whole.
In response to China's increasing maritime expansion in the South China Sea, ASEAN is aiming to formulate a "Code of Conduct" as a legally binding rule to prevent conflict, but it has been delayed.
Against this backdrop, President Marcos of the Philippines attended a lecture on security in the United States on the 19th, where he was visiting, and revealed that he is calling on Vietnam and Malaysia, which have territorial disputes in the South China Sea, to make bilateral rules with the Philippines.
In his speech, President Marcos pointed out that China's military establishment in the South China Sea is getting closer and closer to the coast of the Philippines, and the Chinese military has become interested in the coral reef at a distance of about 2 kilometers.
The Philippines seems to be aiming to ask other countries, including China, to speed up the creation of rules as a whole.