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From left, Michael Green, Tang Siew Mun, Masanori Nishi, Yoji Koda, Zack Cooper and Julio Amador Ⅲ attend a panel discussion of the Asia–Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum in Singapore on Oct. 25. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea

US still plays critical role in security, but needs to clarify strategy

JUSTINA LEE and MAYUKO TANI, Nikkei staff writers | China

SINGAPORE -- Experts who gathered at a forum to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea on Oct. 25 expressed concerns about increasing pressure from China. While they agreed on the importance of U.S. influence in the region, some called for unity within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as the key to fending off Chinese aggression.

Julio Amador III, deputy director-general of the Foreign Service Institute in the Philippines, highlighted the importance of the U.S. for ASEAN members that are claimants in the South China Sea issue, at the Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum in Singapore on Tuesday.

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