Host Malaysia avoids Chinese ire over disputed sea at ASEAN summit

April 23, 2015 9:00 AM

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Host Malaysia avoids Chinese ire over disputed sea at ASEAN summit

KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA (Reuters) - Malaysia is steering clear of criticizing China's actions in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders next week, a draft end-statement seen by Reuters shows, despite a push by the Philippines to denounce Beijing's reclamation work.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has called on leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to issue a collective statement condemning China's reclamation in the disputed waters at the end of their Kuala Lumpur meeting. The summit starts on Sunday.

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