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South China Sea

US rejects China's 'nine-dash line' in South China Sea

Beijing responds, saying Washington is 'recklessly infringing' in region

The littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords conducts routine operations in the South China Sea. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. does not accept Chinese maritime claims over most of the South China Sea and stands with its Southeast Asian allies in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a sweeping statement issued Monday.

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