On 1-2 November 2012 in Phnom Penh, a workshop on the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) under the theme “Toward Peace, Stability, Cooperation and Prosperity in the South China Sea” was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, at InterContinental Hotel Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

H.E. Mr. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, presided over the Opening Ceremony, with the participation of H.E. Ms. Fu Ying, Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China and SOM Leader of China, and H.E. Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, Country Coordinator for ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations.

All delegates from the ASEAN Member States and China as well as the representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat attended the Workshop, which was chaired by H.E. Dr. Soeung Rathchavy, Secretary of State, ASEAN SOM Leader of Cambodia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The Workshop underscored the progress of the implementation of the DOC over the past ten years, and deliberated on how ASEAN and China can jointly work together for the effective and full implementation of the DOC, which would contribute to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region. The Workshop also stressed the importance of carrying out the DOC-related activities to further promote confidence and trust as the foundation of cooperation between ASEAN and China, especially in relations to South China Sea matter.

The Workshop also underscored the importance to continue to strengthen the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership, which has been maturing over the years.

With candid and frank discussion, ASEAN Member States and China stress the significance of the strategic partnership to continue their constructive engagement, to keep the momentum of the progress of dialogue and consultation with the view to further promoting the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership in the implementation of and moving forward towards eventual adoption of the COC based on consensus.

The Workshop was closed by H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia.