ASEAN Defense Ministers To Attend Summit

Hopes for de-escalation in region.

ASEAN Defense Ministers To Attend China Summit In October

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The South China Sea has been a global hot spot for several years now, as China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines argue over territorial rights in the region. There have been a number of confrontations in the area over the last year, including indirect, nonlethal combat and boats ramming other boats.

China announced Thursday that it was planning to host a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in mid-October, to try and settle some of the issues in the disputed South China Sea.

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