Obama Calls on Beijing to Stop Construction in South China Sea

November 18, 2015 9:30 AM

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Obama Calls on Beijing to Stop Construction in South China Sea

MANILA — President Obama called on China on Wednesday to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific Rim leaders also discussed trade and climate change.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines, Mr. Obama directly confronted the disputed Chinese claims over islands in the critical waterway. He urged the Chinese to stop military activities there and endorsed a process of arbitration to settle diffe...

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