Bali: Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) are set to begin regional talks in Bali. Foreign ministers and other diplomats of ASEAN states will gather in Bali for talks.
The main focus of talks will be on the territorial dispute between China and several other members over the South China Sea.
The group is composed of 10 member states that have determined to seek a peaceful approach for solving their problems.
But the recent dispute over the waters has heightened tensions in the region. The South China Sea bears vast reserves of oil and gas. Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the area.
Asean says it has to find a way to manage these differences – so as to restore harmony in a region that has become ever more so dependent on China.
The group will also talk about the recent border dispute between Thailand and neighboring Cambodia.
It will also be decided whether Burma should get the Asean chair in 2014. Human rights groups expressed their concern that giving Burma the Asean chair would be an embarrassment.