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Vietnam defies China's maritime aggression

Rest of ASEAN shrugs its shoulders at South China Sea issue

MANILA -- Vietnam has emerged as Southeast Asia's loudest voice in resisting China's expansionist moves in the South China Sea.

At a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that began here on Saturday, the Vietnamese delegation has been the only party pushing for a "legally binding" code of conduct in the South China Sea, according to a draft joint communique.

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