China the focus as Obama hosts Southeast Asian leaders

President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders will discuss Tuesday a common response to a key United Nations court ruling on China’s island-building when they meet in the United States. The White House, betting that China does not want to be seen as a regional bully, has mustered an informal coalition of Pacific allies to demand that Beijing respect the rule of law. Obama is hoping to secure a united front against China’s territorial ambitions as the US hosts representatives from 10 ASEAN countries at Sunnylands.

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