Obama urges end to Asia’s maritime disputes


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is urging Asian nations involved in maritime disputes to abide by the “rule of law and international standards” to ensure that conflict can avoided.

President Barack Obama meets with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. AP

Obama spoke during a White House meeting with the Sultan of Brunei. He thanked the Sultan for showing “great leadership” on the maritime conflicts that have raised tensions in Asia.

The disputes focused on islands in the South China and East China Seas. China has increased patrols near the islands, which are also claimed by the Philippines and Japan.

Brunei will host two Asian summits in October that Obama is expected to attend. The president says this year’s meetings will focus on energy and climate change and expanding commerce in the Pacific, as well as the maritime disputes.

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  • marivon

    Mr. Barack, you are giving the correct statement to the wrong person. Tell that to your Chinese counter part because they are the ones who is bullying the smaller countries in South East Asia.You might have a trillion reason why you can not say the same things to the Chinese leaders.

    • riza888

      You mean China has a trillion reasons not to f*** with the US, one being all the US debt that they hold. If they start a war with the US, the debt is nullified.

  • pathfinder093

    ..china lang naman ang hindi tumutupad sa rule of law and international standard uh?.bakit hindi china ang pagsabihan mo?..

    • sanjuan683

      Eh di ikaw na ang magsabi.

  • Noel

    Why did Obama not mention the Sabah issue which is the hottest topic of the day with a number of Filipinos killed?

    • iSay2

      antay lang pre, one step at a time lang, at very positive news eto. pinaka importante na-uklat na nang mundo na may tenant at landlord pala ang sabah. tama o mali man yung ginagawa ng mga kirams.

  • sanjuan683

    Mabuti pa si Obama may respeto sa Sultan of Brunei, samantalang si Abnoy walang respeto sa Sultan of Sulu dahil mahirap lang. Tandaan mo Abnoy kapag nakuha ni Kiram ang Sabah lalong ka mapapanot, mas malaki ito kaysa sa Hacienda Luisita ng mga angkan mo.

  • iSay2

    Thank you very much His Excellency Mr. President Obama and His Highness Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah for taking notice of our maritime disputes.

  • MalayanTiger2013

    Obama is telling kiram and recknecks here indirectly

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