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Territorial disputes in the South China Sea dominated the first day of a meeting of the leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean), Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Thursday. 

"Everybody is interested in having a peaceful resolution and also in voicing their concern that there have been increasing sea disputes," he told reporters in a briefing at the Philippine embassy in the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Aquino said Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, chairman of Asean this year, immediately raised the topic of the South China Sea and the need to seek a peaceful resolution to the disputes there during the start of the two-day summit on Wednesday.

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