Clinton To Urge ASEAN Unity On South China Sea 9/3/12
Brisbane, Australia - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Clinton will be in Indonesia's capital today to offer strong U.S. support for a regionally endorsed plan to ease rising tensions by implementing a code of conduct for all claimants to disputed islands. Jakarta is the headquarters of the Association of South East Asian Nations, and Clinton will also press the group to insist that China agree to a formal mechanism to reduce short-term risks of conflict and ultimately come to final settlements over sovereignty.
The U.S. hopes progress will be made before a November summit of East Asian leaders that President Barack Obama plans to attend.