U.S. President Barack Obama attends the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Nov. 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarizing their claims in the disputed South China Sea.China insists it has undisputed sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, a claim that overlaps with four ASEAN countries.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak opened the weekend series of meetings earlier on Saturday, calling on world leaders to confront Islamist extremism.Malaysia has deployed extraordinary security measures around Kuala Lumpur as leaders from 18 countries, including Obama, arrived for the series of summits.Both the APEC meeting and the ASEAN summit typically focus on economic issues but have been overshadowed by the terrorist attacks.Najib said he had intended to open the summit to talk about an economic community that ASEAN is launching this weekend in a region of 622 million people with a combined economic output of $2.5 trillion.
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