South China Sea tensions overshadow ASEAN summit

Southeast Asian heads of state are working to establish a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea as tensions sidetrack the 24th ASEAN Summit in Burma’s capital, Naypyidaw. Without mentioning the ongoing naval confrontations in contested territorial waters between China and both the Philippines and Vietnam, the bloc released a statement on Sunday, saying it will “work towards an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea” and called on all parties to “exercise self-restraint and non-use of force.”