China might push on with work on South China Sea reefs despite warning from US President Barack Obama


China might press on with land reclamation in the strategically important South China Sea despite US President Barack Obama’s warning last week that the work would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, Chinese military sources and observers say.

In talks with President Xi Jinping on Friday, Obama said he had “candid” discussions on Asia-Pacific disputes, voicing concerns about Chinese militarisation of artificial islands in the waters where China has competing territorial claims with several Southeast Asian neighbours.

Obama said he conveyed US unease over land reclamation and militarisation of the  waters, saying it “makes it harder for countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully”.

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