restricted access ASEAN, China and the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

This article provides an overview of diplomatic efforts by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to reach an agreement on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. The article covers the period from 1992, when ASEAN issued its first statement of concern on the South China Sea, to September 2013 when the two sides commenced formal consultations on the Code of Conduct. The article concludes that the process is likely to be protracted if not interminable.