31 Mar '12, 1pm

Cambodia reassures China over regional maritime row

Cambodia reassures China over regional maritime row

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia told China on Saturday it wanted Asia to resolve the South China Sea dispute, as Phnom Penh prepares to host a regional summit where the maritime row is likely to surface. Prime Minister Hun Sen told visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao he wanted the simmering conflict to be resolved within the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) framework so it doesn't become more "complex", according to the premier's advisor Sri Thamrong. "Our position is that we want each involved country to resolve the issue within the framework of ASEAN and China, not to internationalise it," Sri told reporters after talks between the two leaders in the Cambodian capital. "But the prime minister said we are also facing difficulties because during the summit, other leaders could bring up the issue and we can't ban them from talking." China and Taiwan claim all ...

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