Vietnam challenges China in Asean talks — “The issue is Chinese illegal territorial encroachment in the South China Sea”

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Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:00 AM August 06, 2017
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Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (at left in blue) is the only one brave enough to challenge China at the ASEAN conference in the Philippines, August 5, 2017. At right, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tries to write language that Vietnam can agree to. POOL photo

Vietnam has made a bold move against China at the annual foreign ministers’ meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and pushed for a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea.

Hanoi made its move in unscheduled and informal talks late on Friday night when it asked to insert tough language against Beijing in the usual communique that  the regional bloc releases after top-level meetings.

The communique had not been released at press time, but according to a copy of a draft obtained by Agence France-Presse…

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