Obama puts South China Sea dispute on agenda as summitry begins

November 17, 2015 8:49 AM

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Obama puts South China Sea dispute on agenda as summitry begins

MANILA U.S. President Barack Obama affirmed Washington's commitment to the Philippines' security and to freedom of navigation in Asia on Tuesday, squarely putting tension over Beijing's claims to the South China Sea onto the agenda ahead of a regional summit.

Obama's comments at Manila harbor after visiting the Philippines' main warship came hours after China said it was the real victim of the waterway dispute because other countries had illegally occupied islands there.

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