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China Looms Large As ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Key Outside Powers Gather in Jakarta

ASEAN foreign ministers posing for a 'family picture' at the kick-off of a series of ministerial meetings in Jakarta this week. Image: Achmad Ibrahim / AFP

Foreign ministers from the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are gathering in Jakarta with their counterparts from China, the U.S., Russia and beyond, for an intense week of ministerial meetings that will focus on some of the most contentious disputes in the world.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting kicks off on Tuesday and will be followed by an ASEAN-plus-three meeting (with China, Japan and South Korea) on Thursday.

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