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Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on S. China Sea: diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing the ASEAN from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the watersStaunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is meeting in Laos for the first time since the UN-backed tribunal ruled earlier this month that China did not have historic rights to vast swathes of the strategic sea. China invests heavily across ASEAN but is accused of trying to divide the bloc by habitually offering aid, soft loans and diplomatic support to key allies Laos and Cambodia.

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