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ASEAN leaders reaffirm code of conduct for South China Sea
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ASEAN leaders reaffirm code of conduct for South China Sea

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia reaffirmed the importance of an effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on the closing day of the special summit in Sydney on Sunday (March 18),

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, also said they held “grave concerns” about escalating tensions caused by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs whilst also supporting a “peaceful and speedy resolution” for Rohingya Muslims.

Australia is hosting ASEAN meetings this weekend, despite not being a member of the 10-nation bloc, as it seeks to tighten political and trade ties in the region amid China’s rising influence.

 

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