ASEAN leaders attend reception with Australia PM

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STORY: The leaders posed for a family photo, where they performed the iconic cross-armed ASEAN handshake, and took part in a traditional smoking ceremony, an ancient custom held by Aboriginal Australian tribes to ward off bad spirits, amongst other functions.

Stances on China across the 10-member bloc range from wary to warm. Philippine Prime Minister Ferdinand Marco Jr. told an audience in Melbourne on Monday that his country would grow its security ties with the US and resist when China ignores its maritime rights in the South China Sea.

However, at a joint press conference with Albanese hours earlier, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim criticised growing "China-phobia" in the west.

An official welcome dinner will be held for all leaders on Tuesday evening ahead of the official meeting on Wednesday.