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Sea issue not 'barrier' to ties

By Qin Jize, Zhao Shengnan  (China Daily)

09:21, November 19, 2012

China and Cambodia agreed on Sunday that the South China Sea issue should not be a stumbling block for relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The agreement was reached during talks between visiting Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, broad agreement was also reached on the issue during talks, also on Sunday, between Wen and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Qin said ASEAN countries reached consensus that the South China Sea issue should not be internationalized or be a barrier between China and ASEAN, adding consultations with ASEAN nations were ongoing.

Wen is currently visiting Cambodia ahead of a series of meetings with East Asian leaders. These meetings, the 15th summit between China and ASEAN, as well as the 15th summit between ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, will start on Monday and Wen will also attend the seventh East Asia Summit, which will be also attended by the US President Barack Obama.

Cambodia holds the ASEAN chair this year.

Wen and Hun Sen also witnessed the signing of a number of economic deals, aimed at boosting Cambodia's infrastructure.

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