Bei­jing urges ASEAN to re­ject in­ter­fer­ence

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Manila, Philip­pines - Bei­jing urged South­east Asian na­tions on Tues­day to unite and ‘say no’ to out­side forces seek­ing to in­ter­fere in the South China Sea dis­pute, in an ap­par­ent swipe at the US ahead of a re­gional sum­mit.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi made the state­ment in Manila where he hailed the ‘strong mo­men­tum’ in im­prov­ing ties with the Philip­pines, a long­stand­ing Amer­i­can ally which has moved closer to China un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

Wang’s visit came a week be­fore he was set to re­turn to Manila for a meet­ing of for­eign min­is­ters from the ten-mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) and its part­ners, which in­clude China and the US.

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