Sunday, September 4, 2016

South China Sea: Obama urges Beijing to abide by ruling before G20

US President Barack Obama has urged China to abide by its obligations under an international treaty in its activities in the South China Sea. He made the comments during a "candid exchange" with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Hangzhou before the G20 summit, the White House said.

Chinese media reports on the meeting between Mr Obama and Mr Xi made no mention of any discussion about the South China Sea. Last week after a summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Laos, all mention of the landmark July ruling by an international tribunal that rejected China's vast claims to most of the South China Sea was avoided, even the mentioning of China by name.