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ASEAN has “serious concerns” over China’s conduct with Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

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Southeast Asia’s regional bloc voiced alarm on Saturday over escalating tensions in the South China Sea after members Vietnam and Philippines squared off against Beijing in the disputed waters

A worker walks past poster-covered pillars outside the venue of the upcoming ASEAN Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in the capital Naypyidaw. (AFP/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar: Southeast Asia’s regional bloc voiced alarm on Saturday over escalating tensions in the South China Sea after members Vietnam and Philippines squared off against Beijing in the disputed waters.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers “expressed serious concerns over the on-going developments” in the sea, which is subject to a web of bitter overlapping claims, on the eve of a leaders’ summit in Naypyidaw.

Tensions in the South China Sea soared this week after Beijing moved a drilling rig into waters that are also claimed by Hanoi, sparking a stand-off in…

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