KOTA KINABALU: Asean is hoping to finalise the framework of an agreement on the Code of Conduct on South China Sea-related issues with China this year.
Foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the Code of Conduct is not legal or binding, but can be used to ensure security and order in the region.
"It is a positive step, which China is also keen to implement," he said after delivering his keynote address at the 87 Toastmasters International Conference here today.
Last Wednesday, China State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who visited Anifah at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya, had agreed to settle territorial issues through the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
Anifah, who is expected to conclude discussions with China in Aug, added that the framework for the Conduct will be announced once agreed to by all parties.
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve both island and maritime claims among Malaysia, Brunei, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.