Malaysia Urges Peaceful Solution to ASEAN Disputes with China


Southeast Asian leaders said China’s island-building efforts in the South China Sea threaten to undermine the “peace, security and stability” of the region.

A statement issued at the end of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Malaysia, noted “serious concerns” on Chinese land reclamation in the sea, calling for “self-restraint in the conduct of activities.”

The ASEAN leaders’ concerns reflect growing tensions as China presses ahead with land reclamation projects in the disputed Spratly Islands.

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