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U.S., Japan urge China to accept tribunal ruling on South China Sea

Nikkei front-paged a report saying that during a foreign ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Laos on July 26, Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Kishida urged China to accept the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. However, China rejected the call from the U.S. and Japan, leaving the gap between the two parties unbridged. Mainichi ran a similar inside-page story saying that Secretary Kerry stressed the importance of freedom of navigation and resolving disputes based on international law, and Foreign Minister Kishida expressed grave concern over China’s moves to change the status quo in the South China Sea. However, China reiterated its previous assertion that nations outside the region should not get involved in the matter.

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