Southeast Asian foreign ministers did not discuss a United States proposal for a freeze on provocative acts in the disputed South China Sea, a senior diplomat said, an apparent setback to US efforts to rein in China’s assertive actions.
The Philippines said Friday it would table a “triple action plan” at a regional meeting to ease tensions and resolve rows between China and rival claimants to the strategic West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
By TJ A. Burgonio
Disturbed by China’s “gunboat diplomacy,’’ some leaders from Southeast Asia pressed the regional bloc to form a more united stand if only to maintain its relevance.
By TJ Burgonio
President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday held up the Philippine government’s peace agreement with Moro rebels as a model for conflict resolution in the region, but called for rehabilitation of the survivors.
Burma, also known as Myanmar, will parade its once isolated capital to international leaders this weekend, hosting a landmark summit of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc as reforms see the country strut onto the world stage.