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South China Sea

ASEAN seeks to demonstrate 'unity' in South China Sea drills

Bloc plans first joint exercise in September as regional challenges mount

Leaders of ASEAN member states pose for a photo at the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on May 11. (Pool photo via Reuters)

JAKARTA -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plan to hold their first joint military exercises in September in the South China Sea amid growing concerns over Beijing's assertiveness in the area.

Experts see the exercise as a way to demonstrate unity at a time of stagnation the bloc is perceived to be facing, including its handling of the crisis in Myanmar, which has exposed divisions among member nations.

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