U.S. told to steer clear of China sea is­lands, says no

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

China bluntly told the United States to stop send­ing ships and mil­i­tary air­craft close to is­lands claimed by Bei­jing in the South China Sea dur­ing talks Fri­day that set the stage for a meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping later this month.

The U.S. pushed back, in­sist­ing it will con­tinue to

“fly, sail and op­er­ate wher­ever in­ter­na­tional law al­lows.”

“The United States is not pur­su­ing a pol­icy of Cold War con­tain­ment with China,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo told re­porters fol­low­ing the U.s.-china Diplo­matic and Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue. “Rather we want to en­sure that China acts re­spon­si­bly and fairly in sup­port of se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity of each of our two coun­tries.”

Mike Pom­peo

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