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Philippines calls for construction freeze in South China Sea

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:15 PM
 
A view of Johnson South Reef, known to China as Chigua Reef and which the Philippines calls Mabini Reef, in the South China Sea in this handout photograph taken on March 11, 2014, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and released by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on May 14, 2014. The Philippines said on Monday that China's "expansion agenda" in the disputed South China Sea threatened security and stability in the region, calling on all claimant states to halt construction activities that may raise tensions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (REUTERS) - The Philippines said on Monday that China's "expansion agenda" in the disputed South China Sea threatened security and stability in the region, calling on all claimant states to halt construction activities that may raise tensions.

Mr Albert del Rosario, Foreign Affairs secretary, said he supported US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel's proposal for China and South-east Asian states to get together for dialogue.

"Let's call for a moratorium in terms of activities that escalate tension," Mr del Rosario told ANC Television on Monday.

"Now, let's do that while we work on an expeditious conclusion of the code of conduct and effective implementation."

 
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