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U.S. to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia on regional defence

Aug 12, 2014    

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will monitor the South China Sea to see whether "de-escalatory steps" are being taken, a U.S. State Department official said on Monday, a day after China repelled U.S. pressure to rein in actions in the disputed waters. The official spoke as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sydney for a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian officials to discuss increased defence and cyber security cooperation. A U.S. proposal for a freeze on provocative acts in the South China Sea got a cool response from China and some Southeast A...

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