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ASEAN to Express Concern on South China Sea Tension: Burma Minister (Irrawaddy)

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

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A traffic policeman stands near ASEAN countries flags displayed for the 24th ASEAN Summit at Naypyidaw May 10, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

NAYPYIDAW — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) chair Burma said the 10-member regional bloc will issue a joint statement calling for restraint over disputes in the South China Sea, after a Chinese oil rig planted close to a disputed island ignited a confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese naval vessels earlier this week.

Burma is hosting its first ever major Asean meeting this weekend, with the former pariah state welcoming regional government leaders and foreign ministers to the 24th Asean Summit in the capital Naypyidaw.

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