Comments: SBY boasts of diplomatic feats
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July 18, p. 2
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa left the country for the Philippine capital of Manila on Tuesday to begin a mission to lobby his ASEAN counterparts to find peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute, which has caused a rift within the regional grouping.
I really like the words of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the press conference. If the problem is not resolved, there will be a lot of conflict in the South China Sea. It should be solved immediately.
ASEAN members should at least come to an agreement to find the best solution to the dispute.
The South China Sea is full of resources such as fish and oil, the latter of which is what is creating the problem.
ASEAN is a booming region and energy is guaranteed to boost economies in the region. But if this dispute is not solved in civilized way, it will end up destroying ASEAN.
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