U.S., Japan push for mention of South China Sea in defence forum statement




 
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U.S., Japan push for mention of South China Sea in defence forum statement
 
November 3rd, 2015  
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U.S., Japan push for mention of South China Sea in defence forum statement
By Yeganeh Torbati and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States and Japan are pushing to get concerns about the South China Sea included in a statement to be issued after regional defence talks in Malaysia despite Chinese objections to any mention of the disputed waterway, officials said. A senior U.S. defence official said Beijing had made clear as early as February that it didn't want the South China Sea discussed at the meeting between Southeast Asian defence ministers and their counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. "We've been very clear along with many other like minded countries that South China Sea language should be included but there are members who feel differently," said the U.S. defence official, adding China was the main obstacle.




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