- Written by Tribune
- Saturday, 14 July 2012
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PHNOM PENH - Days of heated diplomacy at Southeast Asian talks ended in failure Friday as deep splits over China prevented the Asean grouping from issuing its customary joint statement for the first time.
Foreign ministers from the 10-member bloc have been wrangling since Monday to hammer out a diplomatic communique, which has held up progress on a separate code of conduct aimed at soothing tension in the flashpoint South China Sea.
But Beijing on Friday described the Asean Summit that broke down amid deep divisions over China as “productive.”
A foreign ministry spokesman emphasized China’s position had been supported by some among the 10-member Asean nations during their meeting in Cambodia that ended Friday without a customary joint communique.
“It is a productive meeting and China’s views and position on many issues have won the appreciation and support of many participating countries,” China’s ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said when asked to comment on the summit.
“Over the years this Asian regional cooperation has made important achievements relating to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune