Obama aide visits China after South China Sea ruling

July 25, 2016 4:52 AM

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BEIJING — U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice was in Beijing on Monday for talks with Chinese officials in the highest-level visit by a White House official since an international tribunal issued a ruling that invalidated China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea.

The tribunal’s July 12 ruling delivered a victory to the Philippines, a U.S. ally, but angered China and appears set to heighten regional tensions. The U.S., whose Navy patrols the waters, has called on China to abide by the ruling while also urging calm.

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