Obama urges China, neighbors to avoid escalating maritime dispute

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:18pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the briefing room of the White House in Washington June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the briefing room of the White House in Washington June 19, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday urged China and its neighbors to peacefully resolve a dispute over oil drilling in the South China Sea and avoid escalating tensions.

"It is important for us to be able to resolve disputes like maritime disputes in accordance with international law, and encourage all parties concerned to maintain a legal framework for resolving issues, as opposed to possible escalation that could have an impact on navigation and commerce," Obama told reporters.

Obama made his comments after an Oval Office meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who expressed similar concerns.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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It sounds hollow when nations continue to repeat calls for parties to resolve conflicts, peacefully while headlines are all about China’s oil rig invading Vietnam’s EEZ, Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi scolds Vietnam, 4 more Chinese rigs in the South China Sea, Vietnamese wooden boat sunk by China….a clear and 1 way aggressions by a country committed to dominate the Asian landscapes. The US should either accept that fact and tell Chinese neighbors to be on their own or call China out as the current global danger, deserving immediate counter-measures.

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