SOUTH CHINA SEA
Thailand wants neither geopolitics nor competition between regional powers to affect negotiations between Asean and China over the South China Sea dispute, a senior diplomat says.
Permanent secretary for foreign affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow said if the geopolitical situation is unstable, it could affect the negotiations between Asean and China on the code of conduct in the South China Sea.
He said the United States, which maintains a strong influence and interests in Southeast Asia, would like Thailand to play a more active role in the negotiations as the kingdom serves as the Asean-China coordinator.
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