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Beijing sets the pace in South China Sea talks

ASEAN's calls for a binding dispute-resolution code face pushback from China

A Chinese warship sails in the South China Sea.   © Xinhua/Kyodo

MANILA For 15 years, China dictated the pace of negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea. Now that an agreement has been reached, Beijing seems still to have the upper hand.

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