US To Avoid Taking Sides in South China Sea Dispute

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The US will continue its presence in the South China Sea without showing prejudice towards any nation involved in the territorial row there, a top US military official said Sunday. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen also said he expected to see “more tangible relations” between Chinese and US militaries that complement Beijing’s expanding role and its improving ties with Washington. Mullen arrived in Beijing Sunday for a four-day visit during which he will meet Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army Gen. Chen Bingde and other high-ranking Chinese military and government officials.