ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on July 24 after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. ASEAN is now facing the prospect of being unable to issue a statement after a meeting for only the second time in its 49-year history. The first time, in 2012, was also due to Cambodia’s resistance to language around the South China Sea. The ruling denied China’s sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than US$5 trillion in global trade passes each year.

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