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ASEAN and China create 'single draft' for South China Sea code of conduct

But with no set deadline, source says agreement will take a long time

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Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan speaks at a media briefing on August 2 in Singapore. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China have created a draft document for a code of conduct in the South China Sea that would form the basis for future negotiations, both said Thursday.

This marks a major achievement in ASEAN-China relations that had been shaken by conflict over the body of water for years, they said, although the deadline for the conclusion of the agreement has not been set.

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