"It does not matter what we put, what we don't put at the zero draft because what matters reflect what the majority wants..."
According to a Japanese government official, Wang also told Kono that China opposes each country imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.
Wang congratulated ASEAN for its 50th anniversary, saying China is happy for ASEAN's development and achievements while expressing best wishes for ASEAN's better and faster development in the next 50 years.
In Phnom Penh, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said he called on the North to soften its stance during a meeting with its foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, in Manila.
The South China Morning Post has followed up with story citing two reasons why Vietnam is especially sensitive to China's claims to territory in the South China Sea - it has both land and sea borders with China, and as a geographically narrow coastal country, is vulnerable to maritime attack.
Asean ministers are now meeting in Manila for the 50 ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano met Monday with his North Korean counterpart to convey ASEAN's deep concern about tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's recent missile tests.
"Neither shall we flinch an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the United States against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated", he said, according to a separate transcript released by his delegation.
Fourth, to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes on upgrading China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and jointly safeguard the global free trade regime. Bilateral talks on the South China Sea began in May, but the arbitral ruling was not raised.
Kono also said, "We support the Freedom of Navigation Operation the United States is conducting (to counter China)".
He also maintained that their policy was not weaker than that of the previous administration, and they were "gaining ground" in pursuing national interests by approaching the eastern giant "in a friendly manner [and] building trust with China".
Tillerson said the USA has other means of communication open to the North if it wants to express a desire to talk.
Undoubtedly, from the Chinese perspective, the U.S. -Australia-Japan joint statement seriously broke the top hidden rule of foreign diplomacy: never make others lose face publicly.
"We expect nations not to tell us what to do", Foreign Secretary said at a news conference.
China and ASEAN nations on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the achievements made in their strategic partnership during the last 15 years and agreed to further enhance cooperation.