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President Obama Calls South China Sea Land Reclamation ‘Counterproductive’

President Barack Obama warned that Southeast Asia risks becoming less prosperous as countries in the region undertake land reclamation and assert sovereignty over parts of the disputed South China Sea. Obama said that while some of China’s claims may turn out to be legitimate, it should stop “throwing elbows and pushing people out of the way” in pursuit of its interests. Speaking to a gathering of young Southeast Asian leaders at the White House Monday, Obama said what has allowed the...

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