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Taiwan, South China Sea and Other China-related Issues Loom Large at ASEAN Leaders Summit in Indonesia

Ten Southeast Asian leaders pose for a family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Labuan Bajo on May 10, 2023. BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP

Mounting concerns over Taiwan and maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea figured prominently on the opening day of a Southeast Asian leaders summit in Indonesia.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said on Tuesday that he plans to raise the issue of a new Code of Conduct to help resolve disputes in the South China Sea — a region that China mostly considers for itself and steadfastly protects through both its Coast Guard and a vast fishing fleet that serves as a sort of maritime militia.

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