South China Sea dispute 'not a China-ASEAN problem'


Lindsay Murdoch


Sydney Morning Herald


April 25, 2016


Bangkok: Chinese diplomatic pressure has forced a formal split in the Association of South-East Asian Nations over how the 10-member group responds to Beijing's claim to almost all of the South China Sea. The announcement by China's foreign ministry that it has reached a four-point consensus with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos follows a flurry of Chinese moves that appear aimed at pre-empting a ruling expected within weeks by a United Nations-backed tribunal on Beijing's claims in the flashpoint waters expected within weeks.