South China Sea Issues Hotly Debated at East Asia Summit

Politics

Singapore, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--At the East Asia Summit in Singapore on Thursday, the alliance of Japan and the United States crossed swords with China over the situation in the South China Sea, where Beijing's militarization remains a source of tensions, informed sources said.

Participants from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and eight other countries, including South Korea and India as well as Japan, the Untied States and China, also discussed North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, among other issues, according to the sources with access to the annual summit meeting.

Among the participants are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the East Asia Summit for the first time. Vice President Mike Pence represented the United States on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Abe criticized China's military buildup in the South China Sea, saying that moves going against demilitarization are continuing in the sea, according to the sources. Such moves could jeopardize the interests of countries in the region, he added.

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