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Freedom of Navigation

A UNITED States Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, carried out last week what the US calls a “Freedom of Navigation Operation” (FNO) in the South China Sea. It passed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Island group.

WE may have begun to see the new foreign policy of the country at work during the just-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila with the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, China, and other partner nations.

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MANY will find the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ joint communiqué on the South China Sea disputes wanting in so many ways.

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All throughout this week, the foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam , and the Philippines – will be meeting in Manila on a host of regional and international issues.

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SEA countries feud over China sea claims

Southeast Asian nations were battling yesterday to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea, with Cambodia lobbying hard for Beijing, diplomats said.

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Vietnam wants stronger SEA stand vs China expansionism

Vietnam urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea as a tense regional security forum began yesterday with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear program.

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