Fighter jets on board the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson are prepared for patrols off the disputed South China Sea in this March file photo. Photo: Associated Press

What is the South China Sea code of conduct, and why does it matter?

Foreign ministers from Asean and China are expected to endorse the framework for a code of conduct in the disputed waters on Sunday

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Fighter jets on board the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson are prepared for patrols off the disputed South China Sea in this March file photo. Photo: Associated Press
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.