Asean summit: China's Li calls for 'peace' in South China Sea
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on Wednesday for a South China Sea of "peace, friendship and cooperation" as he extended a hand to Southeast Asian leaders wary of Beijing's territorial claims in the strategic waters.
"A peaceful South China Sea is a blessing for all," Mr Li told the leaders during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Brunei.
"We need to work together to make the South China Sea a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation."
Li made the comments in a meeting with the heads of the 10-member Asean during an annual series of summits held this year in the sultanate.