Clinton heads to China with hopes over sea tensions
JAKARTA (AFP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Beijing on Tuesday after talks in emerging US ally Indonesia, where she voiced hopes for progress in managing soaring tensions in the South China Sea.
Mrs Clinton, on her third visit to the region since May, encouraged a united front among the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) as she stood firm in calling for freedom of navigation in the strategic sea.
The top US diplomat sounded an optimistic note in South-ast Asia's largest nation Indonesia, where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said ties between the two nations were good but could be strengthened.
"Of course we have to do more... for further enhancing and strengthening our bilateral friendship and cooperation," he told Clinton, who headed from the meeting for a visit to the headquarters of Asean before departing for Beijing.