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U.S. and China Trade Blame in ‘Candid’ South China Sea Talks

The First Meeting of China-U.S. Maritime Consultation Mechanism, November 3, 2023. Photo: Chinese government

Chinese and U.S. officials accused each other of bearing responsibility for dangerously high tensions that have turned the South China Sea into one of the most volatile flashpoints in the world.

Officials from the U.S. State Department and China’s Boundary and Ocean Affairs agency met Friday in Beijing.

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