Senior officials of ASEAN and China have agreed to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

They reached the consensus at the end of a two-day workshop to mark the 10th anniversary of the signing of the DOC in Phnom Penh on November 2.

Cambodian Secretary of State Soeung Rathchavy, who chaired the meeting, said the delegates exchanged views in a positive and frankly way.

ASEAN and China agreed on the need to fully and effective implement the DOC in order to transform the East Sea into a sea of peace, stability, friendship and cooperation for mutual interests.

According to a post-workshop press release, ASEAN and China stressed the importance of implementing DOC-related activities to promote confidence, thus laying a foundation for cooperation between the two sides, especially in East Sea related issues.

ASEAN and China signed the DOC in Phnom Penh in 2002, when Cambodia acted as rotating chair of ASEAN.

Nine years later, the foreign ministers of ASEAN and China finally reached an agreement on the DOC Guidelines when they met in Bali, Indonesia, in July 2011, to pave the way for the effective implementation of the document.-VNA