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S. China Seas to Top Clinton Agenda in China

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 4, 2012.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 4, 2012.
Shannon Sant
Contested territory in the South China Seas will be at the top of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's agenda in her talks with Chinese leaders this week.  Ahead of her arrival Tuesday evening, China's Foreign Ministry referred to the conflict as an issue of national sovereignty. 
The United States is urging China to hold talks with its neighbors about disputes over the South China Seas.  Just hours before Clinton was due to meet with Chinese leaders, China’s Foreign Ministry said the United States should not take a stand on the issue. 
Spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing that China noticed the U.S. side on many occasions said that it does not take a position on the South China Sea issue.  He says China hopes the U.S. will honor its commitment and do more things that will promote regional peace and stability instead of the opposite.
The resource rich waterway is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and has been a source conflict among Asian nations.  Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the ocean passage, while Beijing claims nearly the entire sea. Spokesperson Hong Lei says disagreements about the waterway are an issue of territorial sovereignty.
He says different countries have different understandings, concerns and focuses on the issue.  He says, as far as China is concerned, the South China Sea issue concerns the territorial sovereignty dispute over some of the Nansha Islands and the overlapping of maritime rights and interests in some parts of the sea.  Hong Lei says that, as in other countries in the world, China has the right to maintain its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Clinton is pushing China to work with its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for managing disputes in the region. Instead, Beijing has preferred to negotiate bilaterally with each of its neighbors.  A Declaration of Conduct for the South China Seas was adopted in 2002, but China and its neighbors failed to agree on a code of conduct at the last summit of the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations in July.    
Hong Lei says China believes relevant parties should concretely abide by the pact, promote cooperation and build mutual trust, so as to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea, instead of magnifying or complicating the issue.  While abiding by and implementing the declaration, Hong Lei says the parties concerned can work towards formulating an agreement on the South China Seas.  He says China hopes relevant countries will support the consensus and action of relevant ASEAN countries and China and do more things that benefit regional peace and stability.  
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton is in the middle of a six-nation, 10-day tour of Asia, months after the Obama administration announced it would pivot attention and U.S. influence away from the Middle East and towards Asia and the Pacific.  China’s dispute with Japan about islands in the East China Sea will also top Clinton’s agenda during her visit.

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by: NVO from: USA
September 06, 2012 2:22 PM
VOA....Tell the people the TRUTH about Hillarys affiliation with The Bilderbergs, The Club of Rome, The Trilateral Commission, and The Council on Foreign Relations. AND THEIR TRUE AGENDA!!!

by: NVO from: USA
September 06, 2012 1:48 PM
The people need to know that Clinton is a prominent member of the Bilderbergs, The Club of Rome, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission. ALL pushing for a ONE WORLD GOVERMENT, a ONE WORLD RELIGION, under THE NEW WORLD ORDER. They want ALL the worlds citizens to be microchipped by 2017. They want GMO in the food, they want flouride in the water, both causing cancer! No wonder there is so much cancer in this country. Your own regime is killing you! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 06, 2012 5:45 AM
I feel sympathy with U.S. secretary of Clinton for a overseas long journey being too busy to take a rest. Why are she and the U.S. government so busy? It seems because they are too much concerned about foreign affairs. Why do they pay so much attention to and so much interfare with overseas? It would be that, as you easily suppose, they concern so much about their profit that they cannot let the foreign conditions be as dealt by natives. But, there seems exist one more tough reason which strongly supports and defences U.S. policy. I could say it would be their priority of saying 'justice' often thanksfully sheltering them from protest. When Clinton and the U.S. administration take it granted that there are hundreds kinds of justice for hundreds of people, they could be more humble to feel ease and devote to domestic issues . I am sure American people notice that there is no only-one justice accepted whole in the world.
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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 07, 2012 2:14 AM
Thank you for your comments. I think we should learn how to act from others ispecially when solving disputes among neighboring countries. The opponent's opinion deserves to be respected as much as own. The difference between them is just only derived from the difference between each of standpoint. We should be generous at least to listen to and hopefully enough to comprehend what others claim one another. I hope every people and government are so generous and patient that holding territorial and other disputes are solved by negotiation among parties concerned to result in win-win.
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by: shi from: china
September 06, 2012 9:32 PM
it is very honest comment, i agree with you very much. because US consider himself as the biggest power in the world(it is truth), and he think he has the responsibility to deal with all the conflicts or disputes between other he is busiest. if he can become more humbled, maybe it can be better.

by: Plain Mirror from: Ivory Coast
September 05, 2012 8:22 AM
US has succeeded in distablising the Arab region, now making a shift to the Asia. Oh, that reminds me of the biblical times the response of Luciffer the devil that he wanders arround the world. What is Lucifer doing, moving round like roaring Lion seeking whom to devour- to kill, to still and to destroy. Is the US today any difference from the Luciffer, the devil's statement and mission? Asia be warned and be wise, just go back to your negotiation tables and resolve you differences. Do not allow the enermy come inbetween you. US is a wicked intruder, that never goes into a region without leaving the region messed. ... leaving Arab region destablised and horrific now Asia. The devil is a liar here.

by: Gen.ngocle from: VietNam
September 04, 2012 9:37 AM
God blesses USA and SouthEast Asian Nations. China is vicious, voracious. china don't deserve to be a world power.
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by: Gen.ngocle from: Viet Nam
September 05, 2012 4:27 AM
what happened 100 years ago we don't want to say again, but see what Chinese government has done now. we have no problem with the chinese people, but with your leaders. they are haughty, bully weaker nations if can't invade and rule them. you should learn what happened to japan and Nazi Germany in WW II.
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by: gen.ngocle from: Viet Nam
September 05, 2012 3:52 AM
There is a song in VietNam says: the Western colonized our country and ruled us in 100 years, but the CHINESE invaded our land, oppressed, chased and treated us as if we weren't human beings in 1000 years.
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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
September 04, 2012 7:56 PM
I believe China and Vietnam will overcome the difficulties and cooperate on fighting against USA. In fact, USA used chemical weapons on Vietnam lands and caused thousands defected Vietnamese children, China didnt. I also believe Vietnam is using USA to balance China but never really trust USA just like China never trusted USA but we still want to make money from them, LOL.
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by: Dr.Malek Towghi from: USA
September 04, 2012 6:11 PM
Harry, You are talking in a typical Han Chinese racist fascist jingoistic language. God bless the Vietnamese and forgive us for what we did to them.
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by: Hoang from: Canada
September 04, 2012 1:54 PM
To Harry,
China tried to invade Vietnam many times but always failed. China is never a friend of Vietnam. China is an evil country that must be broken into pieces and the world will be at peace.
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by: Harry from: China
September 04, 2012 10:13 AM
China offer help to Vietnam in the past, but Vietnam pig does not say Thanks. China should get Vietnam out of the world map!

by: Jay from: Melbourne, Australia
September 04, 2012 9:29 AM
I like many other Australians dearly want the USA and Ms Clinton to butt out of this region. I object to your big brother tactics, to your war-mongering and to your attempts to destabilise this region of the world to our detriment.

Take a look at these Islands on Google maps: then make up your own minds... closer to Japan or China? Who owns them should be clear.

Over the last century China has proven remarkably benign and a good partner to the region and Australia. America on the other hand has never stopped waging wars.

We don't want you screwing up our region so please, just go away. Stay inside your own borders and worry about Canada and Mexico and your deteriorating, failing economy.
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by: Rick from: China
September 04, 2012 4:08 PM
During world war 2 Japan wanted to take over Autralia and attacked USA. Japan does not believe Japan's Class A war criminals of World War II were guilty of war crimes. Don't forget Japan invaded many countries During world war 2 .
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by: Hoang from: Canada
September 04, 2012 1:56 PM
Without the U.S., China will want to take over Autralia next. Who helped Australia during world war 2 against imperial Japan. Autralia should be greatful to the U.S. Freedom is not free.

by: Timothy from: Anniston AL
September 04, 2012 7:11 AM
I believe that we are, in the South China Sea, very probably looking at the stage being set for the next global conflict. China is building its military and annually grows more aggressive; it sees the issues of Taiwan and South China Sea oil as domestic matters, and the "policies" of the USA as a foreign irritant. One day soon, all of these matters will come to a head.

by: Rex from: Australia
September 04, 2012 5:55 AM
Why don't you and Obama keep your big fat noses out of it Hilary. You guys are already trying to stir a hornets nest up in the pacific with your "strategic" deployments. In the last 20 years all you have done is make countries in the Asia - Pacific area despise you even more. Have you any friends left? Looks like those butt lickers, the UK, might be the only ones. Everyone is just so sick and tired of your interference in matters that don't concern you.
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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
September 04, 2012 8:03 PM
I remember it was USA invaded Vietnam and used chemical weapons. Thousands Vietnamese children still surfer from the residual of Agent Orange, and USA never even apologized on that. It is amazing how fast some Vietnamese already forgot everything USA did to their country folks. Is that because you live in US? Pathetic!
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by: Hoang from: Canada
September 04, 2012 1:58 PM
When China invades Australia, I think the U.S. should not interfere.

by: Gan from: China
September 04, 2012 5:41 AM
Regarding Diaoyu island territorial dispute between China and Japan, Hillary should push Russia, North and South Korea, Chinese Taiwan and China, Japan all related countries have a talk, as it is a great safty issue in this area

by: Dr. Malek Towghi from: USA
September 04, 2012 5:32 AM
Only the Western, particularly the US, importers, sellers and consumers can stop the onslaught of the the Gog & Magog Empire.You know what I mean.

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