The guidelines, which are regarded as a milestone, were passed during a two-day meeting of senior officials in Guiyang, the capital city of China's southwest Guizhou Province.
Both sides reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace and stability, freedom of navigation in and flight above the South China Sea, addressing their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned.
In comments aired on state television, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhemin said that the framework was inclusive and considered the concerns of all affected countries, calling on others not to interfere, referring to the U.S.
"This is the objective of this bilateral consultation mechanism, to discuss issues that are contentious, while we pursue non-contentious issues in other fields", the journalist-turned-ambassador said.
Christopher Roberts, Associate Professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales said he believes any agreement between China and ASEAN will be "code-of-conduct lite". Liu, however, when asked by reporters if the framework would be binding, noted that he could not give a definite answer. Some ASEAN diplomats have expressed concern about whether China is being honest, or whether ASEAN has enough leverage to get Beijing to commit to a set of rules.
A report of the Defense Times published on Tuesday is said to be offering new details on China's ongoing military build-up in the South China Sea.
Panik homers as Giants beat Lackey, Cubs 6-4
Jon Lester started strong Tuesday night, and with the exception of one inning, kept getting better in a complete game. Blach (2-2) got quick support with runs in four of the first five innings, including a leadoff home run by Joe Panik.
Under former President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines had adopted a tough stance on China's claims, but the country's anger at the world's second largest economy has become a warm embrace following the election previous year of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has declined to push China on territorial issues in hopes of being rewarded with investment and aid.
More than $5 trillion of world trade is shipped through the South China Sea every year.
The draft framework will be presented to the foreign ministers of ASEAN and China at their post-ministerial conference in Manila in August "for their consideration", the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement issued yesterday.
The Philippine president recalled Monday conversation with China's President Xi Jinping regarding the disputed areas of the South China Sea and explained why he abstained from pressing the claims.
Despite the general lowering of tensions, Beijing admitted this week it had installed rocket launchers on Fiery Cross Reef, which is administered by China but also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
"China can say, 'Look we have already reached agreements, are behaving ourselves, so no need for you Americans or others to come in and get in our business, '" Huang said in a telephone interview.