South East Asia Deadlocked As South China Sea Split Deepens

July 24, 2016 7:15 AM

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South East Asia Deadlocked As South China Sea Split Deepens

Vientiane, Laos: Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked over how to confront sabre-rattling in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's most contentious security issue.

The gathering in Vientiane is the first time regional players -- including China and the United States -- have met en masse since a UN-backed tribunal delivered a hammer blow to Beijing's claim to vast swathes of the strategic sea.

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