U.S., Japan push for mention of South China Sea in defense forum statement

November 3, 2015 3:34 AM

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U.S., Japan push for mention of South China Sea in defense forum statement

KUALA LUMPUR The United States and Japan are pushing to get concerns about the South China Sea included in a statement to be issued after regional defense talks in Malaysia despite Chinese objections to any mention of the disputed waterway, officials said.

A senior U.S. defense official said Beijing had made clear as early as February that it didn't want the South China Sea discussed at the meeting between Southeast Asian defense ministers and their counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

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