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Wang Yi tells ASEAN to reject 'non-regional forces' in South China Sea

Chinese foreign minister lobbies hard ahead of regional security summit in Manila

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a news conference in Taguig, Metro Manila Philippines on July 25.

MANILA -- Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China on Tuesday called on Southeast Asian nations to reject unnamed "non-regional forces" that he said are out to create trouble over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Speaking in the Philippine capital, Wang said the situation in the contested waters is "trending towards stability" with improving China-Philippines ties playing a key part in this.

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