Chinese warships during an exercise in the South China Sea last year. Photo: China News Service

South China Sea talks necessarily a slow burner – but consensus on what ‘militarisation’ means will help keep them on the boil

  • Li Keqiang may be right to warn that a code of conduct for the sea could take three years
  • The code is effectively an arms control mechanism, though not the classical type and its 11 parties have complex interests to balance
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese warships during an exercise in the South China Sea last year. Photo: China News Service
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