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The Latest: US Seeks to Ease Tensions over South China Sea

The Latest: US Seeks to Ease Tensions over South China Sea

Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:39 AM

LUANG PRABANG, Laos (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's historic visit to Laos (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants to work constructively with Southeast Asian nations to lower tensions with China in the South China Sea.

At a meeting in Laos of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Obama says a recent U.N. tribunal ruling against China is binding and clarifies the maritime rights issue.

Obama says he realizes the ruling raised tensions. But he says the U.S. wants these disputes to be resolved peacefully and will keep working to help make that happen.

Obama says the U.S. wants to build on its partnership with Southeast Asia and to promote a "rules-based order" in the region. He says the U.S. will also keep pushing for completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. That deal is awaiting ratification in the U.S. Congress.

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The Latest on President Barack Obama's historic visit to Laos (all times local):11:30 a.m.President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants to work constructively with Southeast Asian nations to lower tensions with China in the South China Sea.At a meeting in Laos of the...
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