TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to stress the need for the rule of law in the South China Sea in upcoming East Asia and ASEAN-related summits, focusing on freedom of navigation and taking indirect aim at Beijing's island-building.
Abe will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the East Asia Summit, scheduled for Nov. 21-22 in Malaysia, to discuss the matter. He will also seek to gain support from Association of Southeast Asian Nations members such as the Philippines and Vietnam. But China, with Premier Li Keqiang slated to attend the summit, is sure to resist including such concerns in joint statements.
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