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Nations in S China Sea dispute in “war of words”: Shanmugam

The United States, China and nations with competing claims over the South China Sea are engaging in a "war of words", Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said.

SINGAPORE: The United States, China and nations with competing claims over the South China Sea are engaging in a "war of words", Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam has said.

He said all claims to the disputed areas need to be clarified, as he repeated a call for a Code of Conduct to be put in place.

Mr Shanmugam made the remarks following heated exchanges during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a community event on Sunday.

"Really, what we need is a Code of Conduct. We can't deal with the disputes -- who owns what. But I think everyone's claims need to be clarified and a Code of Conduct needs to be put in place. And then the claims can be dealt with slowly.

“And of course the Code of Conduct should ensure that the actions are agreeable, that whatever actions that can be taken in the disputed areas are acceptable within the norms of international laws and agreeable to all the parties." 

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