BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Leaders of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to strengthen political and security cooperation, so as to enhance mutual trust and maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region, according to a joint statement issued here on Wednesday.
"Both sides agree to explore ways to continue to deepen political mutual trust and confidence through good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation," the statement said.
China and ASEAN countries reaffirmed their mutual respect for each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international law, and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.
Both sides remain committed to resolving disputes peacefully in accordance with international law without resorting to the threat or use of force.
China and ASEAN countries agreed to deepen and support defence exchanges and security cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination.
China is ready to provide development assistance to ASEAN and its relevant institutions to support its community building efforts and both sides agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation in disaster prevention and relief.
China and ASEAN countries emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability, respecting maritime security and upholding freedom of navigation, ensuring peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law.
Both sides also agreed to promote trust, build confidence, and encourage concerned parties to prevent incidents at sea if they occur.
The two sides emphasized the importance of adhering to the principles stated in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the Joint Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the DOC.
China and ASEAN countries reiterated their commitment and strong determination to fully and effectively implement the DOC in all its aspects, and vow to work toward the conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) on the basis of consensus.