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Newsline: Chinese ambassador to U.S. warns against South China Sea meddling

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai cautioned certain American nationals against making irresponsible remarks on the South China Sea issue, while expressing hope to have closer communication and cooperation with the new U.S. administration. Cui said China looks forward to building a new type of relationship with Washington, featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. He urged “some people” in the United States to be more careful and act in a more responsible way when talking about possible disputes in other people’s waters. Cui’s remarks came after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State talked tough on the South China Sea dispute. Rex Tillerson, former chairman and CEO of the oil giant ExxonMobil, told a Senate hearing Thursday that China should stop island building in the South China Sea and be denied access to these islands, which China regards as an integral part of its territory.



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