U.S. re­jects nearly all Chi­nese claims in South China Sea

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WASHINGTON — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion es­ca­lated its ac­tions against China on Mon­day by step­ping squarely into one of the most sen­si­tive re­gional is­sues di­vid­ing them and re­ject­ing out­right nearly all of Bei­jing’s sig­nif­i­cant mar­itime claims in the South China Sea.

Pre­vi­ously, U.S. pol­icy had been to in­sist that mar­itime dis­putes be­tween China and its smaller neigh­bors be re­solved peace­fully through U.N.-backed ar­bi­tra­tion. But in a state­ment re­leased Mon­day, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said the U.S. now re­gards vir­tu­ally all Chi­nese mar­itime claims out­side its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized wa­ters to be il­le­git­i­mate. Pom­peo sug­gests U.N. event

WASHINGTON — Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo spoke Mon­day to his Rus­sian coun­ter­part about con­ven­ing the lead­ers of the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the United Na­tions, the State Depart­ment said.

The depart­ment said Pom­peo spoke to Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov about the pos­si­bil­ity of a com­mem­o­ra­tive event “in the near fu­ture” that would in­volve Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the lead­ers of Britain, China, France and Rus­sia. Woman sur­vives flooded drain

PAS­SAIC, N.J. — A New Jer­sey woman sur­vived a mile-long ride through a storm drain af­ter flash floods swept her and her car into the drainage sys­tem.

Pas­saic Fire Chief Pa­trick Trenta­cost said Nathalia Bruno, of Ne­wark, at­tempted to drive through deep and fast-mov­ing wa­ter dumped by a pow­er­ful storm on July 6 when her car be­gan to fill with wa­ter and float.

Bruno, 24, es­caped from her ve­hi­cle be­fore it filled with wa­ter but was pulled into a brook that runs be­neath Pas­saic, the North Jer­sey Her­ald re­ported.

Ruther­ford Po­lice Chief John Russo said Bruno even­tu­ally was “shot out” of the drain into the Pas­saic River and swam across to the other side of the river.

“She was stunned,” Russo said. “She was out of it. In shock.”

Bruno was taken to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment but was not se­ri­ously in­jured.

Mike Pom­peo

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