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Vietnam wants more support neighbouring countries against militarisation of South China Sea

Vietnam wants more support neighbouring countries against militarisation of South China Sea

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Vietnam has Saturday at other South-east Asian countries encouraged more to take action against the militarisation of the South China Sea.

That happened prior to the annual meeting of the Foreign ministers of the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). They meet together from Sunday in the Philippine capital Manila.

The South China Sea has long been a topic of discussion for the Asean countries, which includes Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The Chinese activities in the South China Sea are very sensitive. Beijing claims a large part of the sea, to the displeasure of neighbours.

Rocket launchers

This past may placed the Chinese army rocket launchers on several artificial islands, the country in the sea has been built. The advanced weapons would have been mean to Vietnamese attackers at a distance.

There was, after consultations between the ministers Saturday no communiqué to the outside. According to diplomats, the evidence of a lack of consensus on the subject. In particular, Vietnam would now be so in the other Asean countries, at the insistence of the growing influence of China in the waters to tackle.

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