FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Countries in Southeast Asia have "serious concerns" over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday.In a rare diplomatic slap in the face for Beijing -- issued on its own territory -- the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) offered a sharp rebuke over China's actions in the waterway.China claims nearly all of the South China Sea -- a vast tract of water through which a huge chunk of global shipping passes.The bloc's finger-wagging, after a Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kunming, comes as the region braces for a ruling by a U.N. tribunal on a claim brought by the Philippines against China.
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