China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions




 
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China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
 
August 10th, 2014  
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China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
By Lesley Wroughton and Paul Mooney NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Sunday as Southeast Asian nations declined to overtly back Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative acts. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) released a statement expressing concern over "increased tensions" and called for stepped-up talks with China, in what U.S. officials said was a setback for Beijing's efforts to play down the disputes. The rancour over the disputed sea has split ASEAN, with several states including some of the claimant nations reluctant to jeopardize rising trade and investment ties with China.




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