NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Philippines and Vietnam criticized China’s continued aggression in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea during the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar as other leaders from nation-members expressed concern but urged for peaceful resolution to the escalating tension in disputed waters.
Vietnam and the Philippines are currently embroiled in territorial conflict with China in areas where the three neigboring countries have overlapping claims.
Vietnam has accused China of provoking tension by parking an oil rig in the Paracel Islands, a group of islets controlled by Beijing but claimed by Hanoi. Aggressive actions from both countries have resulted to collisions of their ships, blaming each other for sparking the confrontation. (Click here to read more)