Vietnam promised in May to increase maritime cooperation with China, noted China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
The Chinese government also put a condition that gives it a right to leave the talks, he noted.
China may be urging ASEAN not to let the United States or any powerful country get involved in the dispute while the talks continue, Thayer said.
Observers expect statements from the meetings to note this dispute, over sovereignty in the South China Sea, without blaming any country.
Oh Ei Sun teaches international studies at Singapore Nanyang University.
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