President Aquino stressed again in an international summit the issue of overlapping claims in the South China Sea at an Asia-Europe summit, saying vital global shipping lanes are at stake. He said the call for an international solution in this highly contested “body of water” now has the support of Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the European Council and the European Commission. He also raised the issue at a plenary session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). This is the first time Aquino attends the summit attended by over 50 Asian and European leaders. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario raised the sea dispute also during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting recently.
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