外文标题：Obama warns China against 'coercion' in maritime disputes
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has warned China against use of "intimidation or coercion" in managing its maritime disputes with neighbours and called for a peaceful resolution of conflicts.
In a meeting with two top Chinese officials, who are visiting Washington to attend the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Obama also expressed his disappointment over handling of the case of Edward Snowden, a former CIA contractor who unveiled details of US online snooping.
Obama met with China's special representatives to the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, vice-premier, Wang Yang and state councilor Yang Jiechi at the White House after the conclusion of the dialogue.
"The President urged China to manage its maritime disputes with its neighbours peacefully, without the use of intimidation or coercion," the White House said of the meeting.
Tensions have steadily risen between China and Japan, recently in the East China Sea.
The Philippines and Vietnam have also charged that China has used assertive means to exert claims in the South China Sea.
China claims nearly all of the sea, even waters approaching the coasts of neighbouring countries. ASEAN members Brunei and Malaysia, as well as Taiwan, also have competing claims to parts of the sea.
"He added that the United States would continue to speak out in support of international norms such as the protection of universal human rights. The President expressed his disappointment and concern with China's handling of the Snowden case," the White House said.
Obama and the Chinese special representatives agreed on the fundamental importance of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and welcomed efforts to deepen cooperation to achieve that shared goal.
"The President reiterated concerns about cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets, and welcomed joint efforts to develop rules and norms of behaviour in cyberspace," it said.
Raj John (sj)
A WARNING TO LATE.... CHINA HAS ALREADY CAPTURED MANY ISLANDS
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John Cole ()
Obama is no position of warning his Masters and he is just a poor debtor for china
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Stop joking Obama, don't make Chinese laugh! Remember that your are being paid from loans being borrowed from China.
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Raj John (sj) replies to lumdheeng
WHO WILL LAUGH LAST ,,, U URSELF KNOW......CHINA PLA A WEAK RACE
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f..king chinese, greedy chinese..
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Nandan Guha (New Delhi)
It appears that only Barack Obama has the international mandate to intimidate and coerce sovereign countries like Libya and Syria and use his NSA to snoop on everybody across the globe in the name of the faux democracy that serves America's imperial interests.A fraud of this size reminds us of the colonialism of the past in its heydays.
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Time traveler ()
Obama's warning looks legit
Does Beijing cares, the answer is a definite no Mr.Obama. The Chinese don't usually go on adventures, unless they have a trump card.
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