China seeks talks with US over patrols in disputed sea


China on Wednesday sought talks to resolve issues after a U.S. warship patrolled near Beijing’s man-made islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“China has always upheld resolving relevant issues via talks, not just with the United States but with all other counties. As for China and U.S., leaders from two countries have reached important consensus in the Washington meeting to resolve all issues through constructive dialogue and consultation. But of course this issue does not just depend on China. We hope the United States can meet us halfway,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media at a daily briefing in Beijing.

The USS Lassen’s patrol on Tuesday was the most significant U.S. challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China claims around artificial islands it has built in the Spratly archipelago.

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