US commander warns about China-Vietnam standoff

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 5:06 AM

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

Adm. Samuel Locklear says the Asian neighbors should resolve their territorial conflicts on the basis of international law.

When asked by reporters today about the prospects of closer security ties between Washington and Hanoi, Locklear said the United States has pursued alliances in Asia for a long time and wants to explore opportunities to enhance ties with Vietnam and other Asian nations.

Locklear is attending the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Manila, Philippines, where he joined a discussion that assessed security threats in the region.

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