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Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea

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Published on August 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:03s

Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday criticized Chinese "coercion" in the disputed South China Sea, at a meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world powers.

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Pompeo blasts Chinese 'coercion' in South China Sea

Tensions have risen in the South China Sea over recent incidents between Chinese, Vietnamese and Philippine ships; the latest confrontations in a potential global flashpoint where the United States challenges China's sweeping maritime claims. His comments highlighted the U.S. divide with China at a meeting in Bangkok of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

After meeting China's top diplomat, Wang Yi, Pompeo said both countries wanted to improve ties that have soured on issues ranging from trade, U.S. sanctions on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Taiwan and the busy South China Sea waterway.

"We are working with them on many fronts," Pompeo said.

"But we are also very candid about the places we are hoping China will behave in ways that they are not behaving today and we talked about each of those as well."

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