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Island building in disputed sea? China doesn't want to talk about it

Island building in disputed sea? China doesn't want to talk about it

Southeast Asian countries meeting in Malaysia want China to stop claiming territory and building artificial islands in the South China Sea. China’s position? Don’t even talk about it. “Hyping up the South China Sea issue will undermine the generally stable situation in the region,” said commentary published Tuesday by the official New China News Agency. In what was apparently a jab aimed at the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China does not “welcome nonregional countries to make improper remarks” on talks to head off maritime conflict, the agency reported. Territorial disputes are threatening to disrupt negotiations at the...

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