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Reuters: U.S., China clash over disputed South China Sea

The United States and China clashed over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea on Saturday, as China's foreign minister asserted its sovereignty to reclaim reefs saying its determination to protect its interests is "as hard as a rock".

After a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi showed no sign of backing down despite Kerry urging China to take action to reduce tension in the South China Sea.

"With regard to construction on the Nansha islands and reefs, this is fully within the scope of China's sovereignty," Wang told reporters, using the Chinese name for the Spratly islands.

WNU Editor: China basically told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to "stuff it" .... diplomatically speaking.

More News On Differences Remaining Between The U.S. And China On The Territorial Dispute In The South China Sea

US, China Remain Divided Over South China Sea Disputes -- VOA
US, China at odds over South China Sea dispute -- Deutsche Welle
U.S., China still at odds over South China sea dispute -- AP
Kerry: US concerned by China's actions in South China Sea -- BBC
U.S. Concerned With Pace, Scope of China Reclamation in Sea -- Bloomberg
China Holds Ground Over South China Sea as U.S. Seeks Calmer Waters -- WSJ
China rejects US calls for South China Sea retreat -- The Telegraph
Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row -- AFP

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