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Asean avoids mention of South China Sea ruling

Statement says Asean is "seriously concerned" by "land reclamations and escalation of activities" and calls for "self-restraint" in the strategic waterway

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Mr Kerry with Mr Wang during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Asean Foreign Ministers meeting in Vientiane on Monday.

Vientiane

SOUTH-EAST Asian nations on Monday ducked direct criticism of Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea, in a diluted statement produced after days of disagreement that gives the superpower a diplomatic victory.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (

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