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China warns on 'interference' in ASEAN to keep US at arm's length

Beijing plays up progress South China Sea code ahead of Kamala Harris visit to region

Navy personnel of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea in 2018.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING/SINGAPORE -- China's desire to keep U.S. influence out of Southeast Asia was on display at the region's latest ministerial talks, where Beijing warned against letting outsiders throw their weight around.

Interference by countries outside the region constituted the biggest threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday at the ASEAN Regional Forum, which gathers ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations members and partners including the U.S., China and Japan.

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