03:00 GMT21 October 2020
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    The regional dispute over the South China Sea is not being actively discussed at the ASEM summit in Ulaanbaatar as the issue of terrorism is far more pressing for the participants, Mohamad Oemar, secretary to the vice president of Indonesia, told Sputnik on Friday.

    ULAANBAATAR (Sputnik) — After an international court ruled to reject China's claims to historic rights over the South China Sea, and given the presence of top officials from China and the Philippines, this issue was expected to be high on the summit's agenda.

    "The issue of the South China Sea is not being actively discussed because it is actually not in the interest of all members… What everybody is concerned with is terrorism. There is a common understanding about it," Oemar said.

    The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM11) Summit started in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on Thursday and is scheduled to last for two days. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal interregional dialogue that addresses political, security, financial, economic, social and cultural issues.


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