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China’s insistence on settling territorial disputes with Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea bilaterally was a major reason behind their meeting of foreign ministers falling into disarray last week, diplomatic sources said Sunday.

At the end of the special meeting Tuesday, China had sought to release a 10-point consensus document with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but the bloc rejected it due to its wording, according to the ASEAN sources.

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