Asean Summit Breaks Down Over South China Sea Disputes
BY PATRICK BARTA
SIEM REAP, Cambodia—Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said the outcome of the latest Asean regional summit in Phnom Penh was “very disappointing,” as ministers failed even to agree on a concluding joint statement to summarize the gathering’s events.
The ministerial summit broke down on Thursday amid tense disagreements over how to address territorial claims in the South China Sea. Although participants had hoped to make headway on a binding code of conduct to govern the way