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Tillerson ‘Emphatic’ About Need to Halt South China Sea Buildup

Bloomberg ------- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered an “emphatic” message to foreign ministers from Southeast Asian nations that militarization and construction in the South China Sea must stop while territorial disputes in the area are worked out, a senior U.S. official said. Tillerson delivered the message -- aimed at China, which has reclaimed thousands of acres of land in the South China Sea in recent years -- during a lunch Thursday with ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Washington. The top U.S. diplomat urged “all parties involved to stop militarization, construction, reclamation of land in the South China Sea while talks are going on,” Patrick Murphy, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said on a call with reporters. “The secretary was quite emphatic about the need to stop these activities to give talks a good chance of succeeding.” To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.

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