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    Tillerson: Beijing's Illegal Actions in South China Sea Disregard Int'l Norms

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    Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson described Beijing's actions in the South China Sea as "an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms".

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Beijing’s military actions and building in the disputed areas of the South China Sea are illegal and disregard international norms, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

    "We should also acknowledge the realities about China. China’s island-building in the South China Sea is an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms," Tillerson stated.

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