The Straits Times
Published on Nov 19, 2012

Asean to press China over sea tensions


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.