China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

MANILA:China must stop land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama has said.He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila.Mr Obama earlier pledged monetary and naval assistance to the Philippines, which has competing claims with China in the resource-rich region.China – which claims most of the South China sea has repeatedly stated that its dredging work is legal.The land reclamation, which began in late 2013, has turned submerged reefs into islands. China has said it has “no intention to militarise” those islands.

The territorial dispute is not officially on the agenda of the summit – but it is expected to cast a shadow over it.China’s President Xi Jinping is also in Manila for the summit of about 20 heads of state and governments.


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