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Beijing seeks to block outsiders from drilling in South China Sea

ASEAN resists call for ban seen as attempt to curb America's reach

A drilling rig in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. The body of water's unclear maritime boundaries have made it a focus of territorial disputes.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/BEIJING -- China wants to prohibit oil exploration in the South China Sea by countries from outside the region as part of a long-delayed code of conduct for the waters, sources familiar with the matter said.

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