China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sources

China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sourcesBy Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – China is worried it could face fresh criticism over its actions in the South China Sea when Singapore becomes chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations next year, and is putting pressure on the city-state to make sure that doesn’t happen, according to people familiar with the situation. Diplomats say they believe that Beijing has used its influence over countries who have chaired ASEAN in the past to dilute the group’s stand on the South China Sea row, potentially one of the most volatile disputes in Asia.



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