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South China Sea Dispute Sinks ASEAN Joint Statement

A meeting of ASEAN defense ministers Wednesday in Malaysia did not include the signing of any joint statement, after China lobbied to block any mention of the contentious South China Sea. For years, China and others in the region, most notably the Philippines and Vietnam, have pressed overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, but tensions there have increased recently as China has constructed man-made islands. Wednesday's talks included the 10 members of ASEAN plus...

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