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    Tillerson hits out at China during Senate hearing /Link

    Former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on January 11, 2017Donald Trump's secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson hit out at China during his Senate confirmation hearing, warning the US would send a "clear signal" that the Asian giant must abandon its artificial islands in the South China Sea. "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first the island building stops, and second, your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed," Tillerson told a US Senate panel. Beijing has fuelled regional tensions by turning tiny, ecologically fragile reefs and islets in the strategically vital South China Sea into artificial islands hosting military facilities.

    Published on 12 Jan 2017 at 10:20AM

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