South China Sea Talks End in Disarray as China Lobbies Laos

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  • Retracted joint statement said sea spat an ‘issue’ with China
  • Individual Asean states starting to issue their own statements

China's and ASEAN foreign ministers meet in Yuxi on June 14.

Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

A meeting in China of foreign ministers from Southeast Asian nations over the South China Sea ended in confusion after Malaysia released and then retracted a joint statement  expressing “serious concerns” over developments in the disputed waterway.

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