Four ASEAN members - Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam - claim overlapping parts of the South China Sea.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to focus more on economic than military concerns as she tours Southeast Asia this we
Asean leaders are expected to approve the declaration in a major summit in November.
The feeling from ASEAN officials was that Burma, should be rewarded.
Regional tensions have risen recently, with Vietnam and the Philippines accusing China of aggressive behavior in the sea.
The meetings come amid rising tensions between ASEAN members and China over the South China Sea.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to the Asean Regional Forum in Phnom Penh next week will mark her second visit to Cambodia.
About 100 US investors are expected to travel with Clinton when she comes to Cambodia next week for an Asean forum in Phnom Penh.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to attend an Asean security forum this month.
Cambodian health officials now say they are worried a decrease in aid funding to fight the disease could hurt their efforts to stop it.
Recent statistics show Internet penetration in Cambodia at only about 3 percent, but growing.
The contentious issue of the South China Sea will also likely be on Clinton’s agenda, as she moves to further engagement in the region.