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Asean to press China over sea tensions

Published on Nov 19, 2012 7:44 AM
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) looks at Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on November 18, 2012, ahead of the East Asia Summit in the Cambodian capital where the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) are gathered for the 21st ASEAN Summit. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Southeast Asian nations are set to press China on Monday to quickly begin talks on easing tensions over sea territorial rows that have shaken the region and overshadowed efforts to boost trade.

Leaders of the 10-member Asean are set to raise the contentious South China Sea issues during a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in the Cambodian capital.

Their meeting is one of the highest-profile set pieces scheduled on the opening day of the East Asia Summit, involving the leaders of Asean, China, the United States, Japan, Russia, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

US President Barack Obama will also arrive in Phnom Penh on Monday afternoon after making a historic visit to Asean member Myanmar, which is undergoing a dramatic series of political reforms away from military rule.

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