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U.S Secretary Calls For Restraint Over South China Sea

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A Philippine naval officer, second left, is greeted by Vietnamese naval officers upon his arrival on Vietnam-held Southwest Cay of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Sunday, Jun 10, 2014. (Reuters)

YANGON, (Khmer Times) — China and Vietnam need to begin de-escalating tensions over the controversial South China Sea, according to Mr. Daniel R Russell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific.
Mr. Russel proposed a code of behavior which would enable the numerous claimants to discuss the issues through peaceful dialogue without resorting to military posturing.
“All parties must exercise restraint,” said Mr. Russell. “I stress the need for both Vietnam and China to de-escalate tensions.”
“The pace of incidents and the level of tensions in the South China Sea are going up, and it’s going up quickly,” he said.
China has most recently condemned the Vietnamese and Philippine display of unity on Sunday at the Vietnamese-held Southwest Cay in the disputed region, referring to the joint-volleyball match staged by Vietnam and the Philippines as merely a “clumsy farce.” 
China intends to challenge other nations by taking its case to the United Nations, where it hopes to win backing for its claims over the highly-contested and highly-lucrative territory.

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