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Obama set to dive into South China Sea turmoil

Published on Nov 20, 2012 5:48 AM
 
US President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Yangon in Yangon on Nov 19, 2012. President Obama is set to dive into the tumultuous diplomatic waters of the South China Sea on Tuesday at a summit in which rival claims to the strategically vital area have dominated.  -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama is set to dive into the tumultuous diplomatic waters of the South China Sea on Tuesday at a summit in which rival claims to the strategically vital area have dominated.

Mr Obama is widely expected to express concerns about the disputes between China and its South-east Asian neighbours, which have stoked tensions across the region this year and hampered efforts to foster economic co-operation.

Mr Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are among the leaders of 18 nations in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh for the two-day East Asia Summit.

Repeating a long-held Chinese position, Mr Wen insisted on Monday that the disputes should not be "internationalised" and discussed at multilateral events such as the summit.

 
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