South China Sea and economic development at the center of the Asean summit


Tomorrow the 22nd summit of the countries of Southeast Asia begins in Brunei. After the failure of the previous meeting in Phnom Penh, search is on for a common approach to resolve tensions with Beijing. The nations ask for a “continued commitment” and a binding “code of conduct”. North Korea’s nuclear issues: a call for “moderation” between Seoul and Pyongyang.


Bandar Seri Begawan (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Security and economic and trade ties will be the focus of the discussion of the next ASEAN summit, the 22nd in the history of the association that brings together 10 countries of Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia). The summit will open tomorrow in the Sultanate of Brunei and will provide a common line on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, which scuppered the previous meeting in Phnom Penh. The pressure from Beijing on the host nation Cambodia  in fact prevented the definition of a binding policy for the regulation of tensions in the area….

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