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Asean wants talks on nonaggression pact with China ASAP

/ 12:39 PM August 02, 2017

Rodrigo Duterte dispute south china sea

Southeast Asia’s top diplomats say they will seek talks “as soon as possible” on a proposed nonaggression pact with China aimed at preventing clashes in the disputed South China Sea.

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An initial draft of a joint communique to be issued by the foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which was seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday, says the ministers will ask senior diplomats to initiate talks on the so-called code of conduct in the disputed waters after their governments agreed on a framework of the accord with China.

The long-seething territorial disputes, alarm over North Korea’s missile tests and the rise of Islamic radicalism are expected to grab the spotlight in the annual gathering in Manila starting Saturday.

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