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US Warns of Divisive Diplomacy in South China Sea

15 August 2012

China should not use bilateral talks to attempt to “divide and conquer” nations with competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said following a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to two of those states, Malaysia and Brunei. Her remarks come after a meeting last month of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ended in acrimony over the South China Sea, as host Cambodia, a close China ally, refused to sign off on language sought by the Philippines and Vietnam mentioning their individual disputes with China.—AP