Nov. 17 - Maritime disputes in the South China Sea, and Myanmar expected to top the agenda at the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bali. Arnold Gay reports.
NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4 BY 3 MATERIAL Territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and Myanmar are expected to top the agenda at the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bali. The meeting kicked off amid tight security, with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saying members must resolve its conflicts better. Yudhoyono adds a code of conduct will help handle competing claims in the South China Sea. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO SAYING: "The establishment of an agreement guideline on the implementation of a Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea, between ASEAN and China, has established great optimism on the management of the issue." The ASEAN summit comes right after the U.S. warned claimants in the maritime dispute not to resort to intimidation to push their cause in the potentially oil-rich waters. The comments are an indirect reference to China. ASEAN is also moving towards agreement on letting Myanmar chair the 2014 ASEAN summit, due to its reform efforts and recent political developments. But that could be a gamble, with western countries potentially boycotting events if it fails to meet its promises. Trade issues and Europe will also be on the agenda, as the export-dependent region grapples with the fall-out of the euro zone debt crisis This year's expanded meeting brings together the 10 member countries of ASEAN, six Asia Pacific countries including China, as well as the U.S. and Russia. Arnold Gay, Reuters.