PHNOM PENH—Philippine President Benigno Aquino III Tuesday pushed other Southeast Asian nations meeting here in Cambodia to adopt a common stand on negotiating the flash point issue of territorial rights to the resource-rich South China Sea before bringing the region’s powerhouse, China, into the discussions.
The Philippines and other members of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations are attempting to frame a regional, legally binding code of conduct to guide sovereignty claims in the waters, which are claimed in whole or in part by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
The question is whether to allow China to participate early on in the discussions — or only after the other parties to the dispute are in agreement.
I suspect that, either way, China is going to be the elephant in the room. And what happens in the struggle over these territorial rights could have repercussions around the globe.
In the ebook technothriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS, Mollie Sanders gets the opportunity for an up-close-and-personal look at this hot spot. Read Mollie’s adventures now on Kindle.
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