By Jose Katigbak
WASHINGTON – China is committed to resolving disputes in the South China Sea peacefully and in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
At the first meeting of the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in Washington on Wednesday, Tillerson made clear the United States opposed the militarization of outposts in the South China Sea and Beijing’s excessive maritime claims unsupported by international law.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said discussions centered on ways to decrease tension and reduce risks of open hostilities in the South China Sea.
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