Asian leaders play down tensions over the South China Sea, but Beijing voices frustration with countries outside the region “interfering” in tussles over the strategic waterway.
The Philippines’ Defence Ministry releases pictures showing Chinese boats near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, just hours before an ASEAN meeting with China’s premier at a summit in Laos.
Southeast Asian leaders are set to avoid references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea.
Southeast Asian nations fail to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea after Cambodia blocks any mention to an international court ruling against Beijing in their statement.
“This is a blanket call for quiet, not some attempt to rally the region against China, which would play into a false narrative that the US is leading a coalition to contain China,” a US official said.
Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges restraint after an international tribunal decides unanimously in favour of the Philippines in a dispute over territory in the South China Sea.