U.S. Pushes For South China Sea Talks
Clinton, speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Cambodia, expressed concern about charged rhetoric and "worrisome instances of economic coercion and the problematic use of military and government vessels in connection with disputes among fishermen." In addition to China and the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia have also claimed parts of the sea, which may contain up to 213 billion barrels of oil.
China has long indicated a preference to resolve South China Sea disputes bilaterally and without "external forces," but according to a U.S. official, is now more amenable to a group-based solution.
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