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U.S. urges end to South China Sea island-building

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:34

The U.S. calls for a halt to land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea ahead of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security talks. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's urging an end to island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea. The plea came just ahead of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore where maritime security is up for discussion. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY ASHTON CARTER SAYING: "We want a peaceful resolution of all disputes and an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by any claimant. We also oppose any further militarisation of disputed features. Second - and there should be no mistake, should be no mistake about this - the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows as we do all around the world." Carter's comments came a day after China held a ground breaking ceremony for two lighthouses it plans to build on reefs on the disputed Spratly islands. The previous week a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane sent to film Chinese land reclamation there was repeatedly warned to leave the area. The Spratlys are one of the areas of the South China Sea claimed by China and disputed by other nations in the region including the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. The conflicting territorial claims are seen by many as one of Asia's most dangerous hot spots heightening the risk of conflict.

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U.S. urges end to South China Sea island-building

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 01:34