Thursday, July 12, 2012

Clinton steps into China sea dispute

Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, has urged rival claimants to the South China Sea not to resort to threats and intimidation in the potentially oil-rich waters, an indirect reference to China at the start of a regional meeting.

Mrs Clinton on Thursday said the US wanted talks involving all parties to resolve the dispute, a stance likely to upset China, which has sought a bilateral approach to addressing rival claims to the waters, a potential military flashpoint.

“We believe the nations of the region should work collaboratively and diplomatically to resolve disputes without coercion, without intimidation, without threats and without use of force,” Mrs Clinton told the East Asia Summit meeting in Phnom Penh, according to a text released by the State Department. Read More

And she managed to say it with a straight Face