23 Jul '11, 3am

Clinton calls for faster South China Sea solution

Clinton calls for faster South China Sea solution

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that a recent surge in tensions over the South China Sea threatened regional peace, while warning against force to solve the dispute. "The United States is concerned that recent incidents in the South China Sea threaten the peace and stability on which the remarkable progress of the Asia Pacific region has been built," Clinton told a security forum in Indonesia. "These incidents endanger the safety of life at sea, escalate tensions, undermine freedom of navigation, and pose risks to lawful unimpeded commerce and economic development." In prepared remarks to foreign ministers at the ASEAN Regional Forum, Clinton also warned all of the rival claimants to the strategically vital South China Sea against using force to bolster their positions. "Each of the parties should comply with their commitments to r...

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