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Mixed Reviews for ASEAN Stance on Maritime Dispute

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is getting mixed reviews for its communique on the South China Sea issue. The 10 member nations, at last week's ministerial meeting and regional security dialogue, cobbled together, at the eleventh hour, a compromise statement on forging a binding code of conduct in the disputed waters – something ASEAN has been discussing for more than a dozen years. “ASEAN tried very gingerly to strike a balance between the competing demands of...

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