Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met up on July 12 to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Clinton and Jiechi met in Cambodia to resolve the territorial disputes occurring in the South China Sea. China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan all have claimed that they have parts of the South China Sea. This dispute has dominated talks between the meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ASEAN has failed to come up with a unified approach to a code of conduct regarding the resolution of the standoff.
Clinton notes that the nations of the world should be concerned with the increase in tensions involving the South China Sea. But, the US is currently not taking sides in this dispute.
China believes that the ASEAN is not the place to resolve these disputes because it is not about the regional forum, rather just China and some ASEAN members. Clinton agreed that the territorial issue should be resolved between the claimants.