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US prods ASEAN on Myanmar, rejects China's 'unlawful' sea claims

Blinken offers Southeast Asian counterparts support against 'coercion'

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken: He told his ASEAN counterparts on July 14 that Myanmar requires "immediate action."   © Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) -- The United States rejects China's "unlawful" maritime claims in the South China Sea and stands with Southeast Asian nations faced with Beijing's "coercion," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

Addressing a video conference with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), Blinken also said the United States has "deep concerns" about the situation in Myanmar and urged the group to take action to end violence and restore democracy in the country.

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