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US lobbies for use of 'Law of the Sea' in South China Sea dispute

US lobbies for use of 'Law of the Sea' in South China Sea dispute

Updated 5 June 2012, 16:33 AEST

The United States wants to use the Law of the Sea convention to broaden the legal framework to be used in dealing with China in disputes over the South China Sea.

It is a major shift by the US which has always refused to ratify the 1982 Convention on the rights of countries using the world's oceans.

Southeast Asia is calling for more speed in negotiations on its proposed Code of Conduct for the territories in the South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and four ASEAN states - Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

Correspondent: Graeme Dobell

Speakers: Leon Panetta, US Defence Secretary, Susilo Bambang-Yudhoyono, Indonesian President

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