World Bulletin/News Desk
The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute in the South China Sea over erection of a Chinese oil rig about 120 miles (193 km) off Vietnam's coast needs to be resolved through dialogue, not intimidation.
Spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is not a party to the dispute but said President Barack Obama on a recent Asia tour had repeatedly stressed the need for peaceful dialogue on various disputes involving China and the South China Sea.
The dispute over the South China Sea and anti-China violence in tightly controlled Vietnam have raised fears of an escalation in tensions between the Communist-ruled neighbors.
At his daily news briefing, Carney said such disputes "need to be resolved through dialogue, not through intimidation."
"And we are not a party to the specific disputes, but we again urge dialogue in their resolution. And that would apply in this case," he said.
The White House statement comes as Obama's policy toward Asia has come under some criticism at home.
The Washington Post said in an editorial published on Monday that in reacting to the Chinese oil rig move, "the U.S. response is not likely to extend beyond rhetoric."
The Post said China is likely to continue to act unilaterally in the region until it meets concerted resistance whether it be diplomatic or military.
"If the United States and its allies have a plan for that, it isn't evident," the Post said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mayıs 2014, 00:01