US commander warns about China-Vietnam standoff

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. military commander in the Pacific warned Friday that the risk of a miscalculation that could trigger a wider conflict in a tense territorial standoff between China and Vietnam is high and urged both nations to exercise restraint.

Adm. Samuel Locklear also urged Southeast Asian nations and China to hasten the drafting of a legally binding "code of conduct" to prevent territorial rifts from turning into armed conflicts that could threaten the region's bustling economies. Full story
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Caption: U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, talks to the media following a session on "Security Outlook" in the ongoing World Economic Forum on East Asia Friday, May 23, 2014 at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines. Admiral Locklear warns that the "risk of miscalculation" that could trigger a wider conflict in a tense territorial standoff between China and Vietnam is high and urged both nations to exercise restraint. Locklear also said Friday that the Asian neighbors should resolve their territorial conflicts on the basis of international law. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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