Clinton signals US role in China territorial disputes

Signaling her intention to intercede in a region claimed in full by the Chinese government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said resolving territorial disputes off... More Below... Posted by on Jul 24th, 2010 and filed under World.

Signaling her intention to intercede in a region claimed in full by the Chinese government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said resolving territorial disputes off China’s southern coast is “a leading diplomatic priority.”

Clinton told the 27-member Asean Regional Forum in Hanoi on Friday that ending disagreements in the South China Sea “is pivotal to regional stability” and ensuring “unimpeded commerce.”

After her meetings, which included a bilateral discussion with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Clinton told reporters, “If you look at a map of this region, there are many countries that are increasing their trade, their commercial maritime traffic. There is a concern that we all abide by the international rules.”

Dismissing rival claims to islands such as the Spratlys, the Chinese government considers the entire South China Sea as its own and is building a blue-water fleet to project power beyond its own borders. According to US government agencies, China told Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc to halt exploration in offshore areas that Vietnam considers part of its territory.

(Thanks to Bloomberg and United States Department of State)

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