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NONTHABURI, Thailand — Southeast Asian leaders agreed Sunday to work with China and other neighbors to transcend conflicts over trade policies and territorial disputes for the sake of stronger economies and regional stability.

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This weekend, defense ministers from across Southeast Asia met to discuss issues from natural disasters to terrorism. The location of the meeting was unusual: for the first time, the officials met in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It was an unusual weekend for defense ministers from Southeast Asia.  On Friday, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with each other—and with China’s defense minister.  Next on the agenda was a weekend security forum hosted by China.