Xi: China to grow closer to Asean

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi cancelled a scheduled one-on-one meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart in Manila at the last minute on Monday due to a spat over the South China Sea, according to people familiar with the situation.

Ri's portrayal of the proposal underscored the Kim Jong-un regime's aloofness toward inter-Korean engagement as the North inches closer toward becoming a full-fledged nuclear state in the wake of two successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. Those tests sharply escalated US fears that Pyongyang is a key step closer to mastering the technology needed to strike American soil with a nuclear-tipped missile. The new Philippine government, under President Rodrigo Duterte, has opted to put the ruling aside in favor of billions of dollars in economic deals with China.

China insists that a much-delayed code of conduct between it and ASEAN members over the disputed sea must not be legally binding, a demand to which Southeast Asian countries have so far acquiesced.

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

He apparently was referring to his government's proposal of holding military and humanitarian talks with the north that contrasted with the more hardline US position of stepping up sanctions and military pressure on the isolated communist state.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Australian and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of the meetings in Manila of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

North Korea on Monday spurned overtures from South Korea and the United States, and instead lobbed a new inflammatory threat to retaliate against the United States over new U.N. sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its missile and nuclear tests. Humiliating enough, most of foreign ministers from the ASEAN refused to sit down with Ri.

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"ASEAN wants North Korea to know ASEAN is concerned, but also wants to engage North Korea", he said, adding he hoped "this dialogue will deescalate tension".

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh has highlighted that ensuring peace and stability, including maritime security, is a shared interest of all states in and outside of Southeast Asia.

Tillerson says they will discuss security and economic issues and how the group of nations can work together.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

Should those talks occur, they would be the first military-to-military dialogue in three years.

The U.S. drafted the sanctions resolution and negotiated it with China following North Korea's unprecedented test of an ICBM in July and a follow-up test weeks later. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions. Beijing frequently accuses the US of meddling in what it says is an Asian dispute that should be resolved only by the countries involved. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

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