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China, at its own pace, sails ASEAN toward a maritime dispute code

Vietnam is main holdout defying its giant neighbor

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

MANILA -- For 15 years, China has largely dictated the pace of its negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea. With an agreement now reached, Beijing still has the upper hand on when it should move forward.

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