China Daily Mail

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Le Luong Minh on Nov. 11, 2014. Mr. Minh said Asean would speed up talks to establish a code of conduct on how to resolve overlapping territorial claims in the region. Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Le Luong Minh on Nov. 11, 2014. Mr. Minh said Asean would speed up talks to establish a code of conduct on how to resolve overlapping territorial claims in the region.

The secretary-general of Southeast Asia’s 10-member trade and security bloc Sunday said the group can’t agree to China’s use of its so-called nine-dash line to claim the contested waters of the South China Sea as Beijing continues its land-reclamation efforts in the area.

China’s island-building project in the Spratly Islands in particular has raised concerns that it is trying to enforce control of an area where the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries also claim territory. Satellite images released earlier this month indicate that China has begun building a concrete runway on reclaimed land built up around a disputed reef, according to defence intelligence provider IHS Jane’s.

Beijing claims nearly the entire…

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