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USINDOPACOM chief urges ASEAN to ensure code-of-conduct accord with China does not restrict freedom of navigation

27 November 2019
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US Navy Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), has urged the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ensure that any potential code-of-conduct agreement reached with China does not restrict their freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (SCS) and limit their ability to operate there commercially and for military exercises.

Speaking on 23 November at the Halifax International Security Forum held in the Canadian port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Adm Davidson said that freedom of navigation by air and by sea is important globally, including in the SCS, where trillions of US dollars' worth of goods transit each year.

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