Southeast Asian countries called on Saturday for a hotline with China to defuse tensions over their increasingly divisive maritime territorial rows.
Philippine navy ship BRP Rajah Humabon leaves Subic Bay, the former US navy base, near the south China sea on July 27, 2012. Southeast Asian nations will propose opening a "hotline" with China aimed at defusing tensions over the South China Sea, ASEAN's chief said Saturday.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan publicly floated the proposal for the South China Sea hotline ahead of three days of talks involving the region's leaders in Cambodia starting on Sunday.
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