US opposes use of violence in Scarborough standoff
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday afternoon (Tuesday morning in Manila) said the US government opposes the threat or use of force by any party in settling territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Speaking at a press conference after the first Philippines-US "2 + 2" talks in Washington, Clinton said that while the US government does not take sides in sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, as a Pacific power, the US has an interest in ensuring freedom of navigation in the sea lanes in the region.
In her meeting with Philippine officials, Clinton said the US also reaffirmed its obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). Mornings@ANC, May 1, 2012
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