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Beijing 'erodes trust' with South China Sea reclamations: ASEAN

Draft foreign ministers' statement urges restraint in contested waters

ASEAN ministers are also expected to urge for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when they meet in Bangkok this month.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries are expected to express concern over Chinese activities that "erode trust" and "increased tensions" in the South China Sea at a foreign ministers meeting this month, according to a draft statement obtained by Nikkei.

Foreign ministers of countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations "took note of some concerns on the land reclamations and activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region," the draft said.

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