U.S. Calls for Calm from China, Rivals When Sea Ruling Issued

Posted June 23, 2016 at 5:04am

The Associated Press reports that “the United States called on China and other rival claimants Wednesday to exercise restraint when an international tribunal issues a landmark ruling on the South China Sea disputes that Beijing has chosen to ignore.”  

“A senior U.S. State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Asian journalists through a teleconference, said the upcoming decision by the arbitration panel in The Hague may offer ‘a great deal of clarity’ on the disputes and help the claimants forge an arrangement to avoid potential confrontations.”  

“She said the decision, expected within weeks, could also serve as a jumping off point to diplomatic talks.”