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Offline Alfie

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Days of heated diplomacy ended in failure Friday as splits over territorial disputes with China prevented Southeast Asian nations from issuing their customary joint statement at a summit, unprecedented in Asean's 45-year existence.

The Philippines lambasted the failure at the summit, saying "it deplores the non-issuance of a joint communique".

It had insisted Asean refer to a stand-off last month with China over a rocky outcrop known as the Scarborough Shoal, but Cambodia -- a Beijing ally and chair of the meeting -- resisted.

Taking "strong exception" to Cambodia for opposing mention of the shoal, the Philippine statement said divisions undercut previous Asean agreements on tackling disputes as a unit, "and not in a bilateral fashion -- the approach which its northern neighbour (China) has been insisting on".

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/302305/southeast-asian-summit-breaks-up-in-acrimony


End of ASEAN unity? Or was there ever unity?
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Offline sulasno

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Dun kid yourself lol

The tiny island dun trust the neighbour in the north but instead rely on the one in the south

Would rather invest in Myanmar rather than Indo China

Guess why the tiny island wants more military space in Thailand?


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Guess why the tiny island wants more military space in Thailand?

What do you mean by "military space"?
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more barrack space lol

translated to mean more training grounds for heavy weapons


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Singapore is a small island so I would guess that nuclear powered submarines would be useful for it.


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