Sea dispute stalls ASEAN joint statement


Posted at Aug 06 2017 01:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2017 02:54 PM

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Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea.

One diplomat said Vietnam wanted a stronger ASEAN stance against Beijing's island-building and militarization in the critical waterway. 

China is extremely sensitive about ASEAN mentioning its expansion of its military capabilities on those islands and some members are concerned about possible repercussions of upsetting Beijing given its military and economic power. -- With Reuters