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Obama to raise maritime disputes

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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to bring up maritime disputes boiling between China and its neighbors at the US-Asean and East Asia summits in Brunei in October. 

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during a meeting in the Oval office on Tuesday.

Brunei has already said that it will pursue a binding code of conduct among competing claimants in the South China Sea during its Asean chairmanship this year. China insists disputes are a bilateral matter between individual nations.

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