26 Jun '11, 12am

US, China hold special talks on rising tensions in South China Sea

HONOLULU (Hawaii) - THE United States and China were holding first-of-a-kind talks on Saturday on rising tensions in the South China Sea, with Beijing angry over Washington's support of South-east Asian countries. Senior officials of the Pacific powers were meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, days after the United States rallied behind the Philippines and Vietnam which have been alarmed at what they see as Beijing's growing assertiveness at sea. Kurt Campbell, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said ahead of the talks that he would make clear to China the 'strong principles' of the United States in defence of freedom of navigation. 'We want recent tensions to subside and cooler heads to prevail,' Mr Campbell told reporters in Washington on Friday. Mr Campbell reiterated that the United States takes no stance on China's territorial disputes wit...

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