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Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that 'undermine' Beijing's sovereignty in South China Sea

2018-11-10 09:48:57       source:South China Morning Post

November 10, 2018

Top US officials rejected a warning by China on Friday to stop sending American vessels into the South China Sea, the latest focus of military tensions after warships from the two navies nearly collided in the disputed waters.

The warning and its dismissal came at a top-level “diplomatic security dialogue” in Washington, jointly chaired by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis, Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

In a news conference after the meeting, Yang warned his hosts that “the United States should stop sending its vessels and military aircraft close to Chinese islands and reefs and stop actions that undermine Chinese sovereignty and security interests.”

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