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US to Work Towards Easing Tension at South China Sea: Obama 

Obama wound up the final visit of his presidency to Asia, with the South China Sea dispute still smoldering.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday said that the US wants to work constructively with Southeast Asian nations to lower tensions with China in the South China Sea.

At a meeting in Laos of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Obama said that the recent UN tribunal ruling against China is binding and clarifies the maritime rights issue.

He said that he realised the ruling raised tensions but that the US wants these disputes to be resolved peacefully and he will keep working to help make that happen. Read the full story here.

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