Chinese Premier Li Qiang (left) attends the 26th ASEAN-China Summit during the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on Sept. 6, 2023.(Reuters/Pool/Yasuyoshi Chiba)
ASEAN chair Indonesia appeared to avoid fresh confrontation with China on Wednesday over its sweeping claims to the disputed South China Sea, choosing to omit a recent point of contention from a regional summit with Beijing.
The second day of the 43rd ASEAN Summit saw leaders of some of the association’s biggest dialogue partners, including China and the United States, attend regional forums to discuss cooperation and existing challenges, spotlighting ongoing political and security concerns.
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One long-standing issue for ASEAN, the rivalry between Washington and Beijing, continued to create tensions at the Jakarta summit, where US Vice President Kamala Harris acclaimed the US’ security presence in the Indo-Pacific following China’s release of a new map that has ruffled the feathers of its neighbors.
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The Jakarta Post
● Thu, September 7, 2023
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