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Asean calls for 'non-militarisation' of South China Sea

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Southeast Asia's leaders are calling for the "non-militarisation" of the South China Sea to ease tensions arising from territorial disputes in this strategic waterway.

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A statement released on Thursday (Nov 16) by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as Asean chair "emphasised the importance of non-militarisation".

The leaders "reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, maritime safety and security, rules-based order and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea".

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