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Obama warns China against ‘coercion’ at sea

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 9:48am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 9:53am
 

US President Barack Obama warned China on Thursday against the using force or intimidation in its tense maritime disputes with its neighbours and urged a peaceful resolution.

Obama, meeting Chinese officials who were in Washington for wide-ranging talks, “urged China to manage its maritime disputes with its neighbours peacefully, without the use of intimidation or coercion,” a White House statement said.

Tensions have steadily risen between China and Japan, which accuses its growing neighbour of sending an increasing number of ships to exert its claim over sparsely populated islands managed by Tokyo in the East China Sea.

The Philippines and Vietnam have also charged that China has used assertive means to exert claims in the conflict-riven South China Sea, although tensions have abated slightly with Hanoi in recent weeks.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, addressing a press event at the end of the two days of talks, said that China supported “freedom of navigation in all oceans” and “will continue to firmly implement its policy.”

The United States since 2010 has repeatedly been outspoken over the South China Sea, saying that it has a national interest in ensuring freedom of navigation but does not take sides on individual claims.

With an eye on the tensions, the United States has boosted military cooperation with Japan and the Philippines - which are both treaty-bound allies - as well as with former war adversary Vietnam.

 

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bolshoi
Doesn't Obama look like bin Laden without a beard and turban in this photo? Devil!
the sun also rises
I wonder why the USA never used peaceful resolutions instead of invasions in solving any issues which not even concerning their sacred territory such as the invasions of N.Korea in 1950-53; bombing of N.Vietnam from 1957-1973; the invasion of Cuba in 1962 ( Bay of Pigs Campaign); the invasion of Grenada in 1983 and the Gulf War in 1991 plus later the invasions of Aghanistan and Iraq after the 9/11 Incident.Not even one of these wars were related to her sacred territory ! China has every right to get back its sacred territory (either the Diaoyu Islets in East China Sea or the islets occupied by Vietnam and the Philippines in South China Sea)by force ! So-called coercion or intimidation against neighbours who grabbed one's terrority is just nonsense !
Hi_HK
Just SHUT UP!Oops,will your NSA guys see this message?
eribrood@gmail.com
US has no shame! It amazes me how Obama can keep a straight face when lecturing others about peace, freedom and human rights. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST OFFENDER!!!
jayb
meanwhile, O sent troops to do Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya... not counting the drone wars, the cyber attacks, the .......
daily
Shut up Obama..........you are not qualified and not in a position to tell the Chinese anything........just finish out the rest of your term as a lame-duck so-called president and then squirm back to where you came from............Did you NSA guys pick up this message?..........well you should.
babyhenry
A mass mudering nation giving orders.....
 
 
 
 
 

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