China 'must stop' land reclamation in South China Sea - Obama

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China must stop land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama has said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila.

Mr Obama earlier pledged monetary and naval assistance to the Philippines, which has competing claims with China in the resource-rich region.

China - which claims most of the South China Sea - has repeatedly stated that its dredging work is legal.

The land reclamation, which began in late 2013, has turned submerged reefs into islands. China has said it has "no intention to militarise" those islands.

The territorial dispute is not officially on the agenda of the summit - but it is expected to cast a shadow over it.

China's President Xi Jinping is also in Manila for the summit of about 20 heads of state and governments.

US President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival at the international airport to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila on November 17, 2015.Image copyrightAFP
Image captionShortly after landing in the Philippines, Mr Obama went on board a US donated navy vessel in a show of support

'Defence of our ally'

Mr Obama's comments came after his meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday.

"We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt reclamation, new construction, and militarisation of disputed island in the South China Sea," Mr Obama said.

Meanwhile, Mr Aquino stressed that freedom of navigation and overflight in the busy region must be continuously ensured.


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