ASEAN stresses self-restraint, non-militarization in South China Sea

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ASEAN foreign ministers walk for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 in suburban Pasay city, south Manila, Philippines. They are, from left, Retno Marsudi of Indonesia, Anifah Aman of Malaysia, Alan Peter Cayetano of the Philippines, Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore, Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh and Lim Jock Seng of Brunei. AP/Bullit Marquez, Pool, file
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MANILA, Philippines — Foreign ministers in Manila over the weekend emphasized self-restraint in the South China Sea and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to a Code of Conduct in the region.
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In a joint communiqué of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers’ Meeting released Sunday night, ministers said they had “discussed extensively” matter related to the sea, parts of which are subject…

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