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US, Japan say China's actions eroding regional stability

12:05pm BST - 01:38

The US and Japan say China's island-building in the South China Sea is eroding security and regional stability. Natasha Howitt reports.

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The US and Japan warned on Saturday that China's island-building in the South China Sea is eroding security and stability in the Asia-Pacific. The comments came at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue conference in Singapore, where senior defence officials are discussing security issues. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, called for a diplomatic push to solve the territorial disputes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) US SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, ASHTON CARTER, SAYING: "First, we want a peaceful resolution of all disputes. To that end, there should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants. We also oppose any further militarization of disputed features. We all know there is no military solution to the South China Sea disputes. Right now, at this critical juncture, is the time for renewed diplomacy, focused on a finding a lasting Solution that protects the rights and interests of all." Carter's remarks come as the Pentagon confirmed reports China had put mobile artillery at one of its reclaimed islands in waters claimed by several countries. Both sides accuse each other of stoking instability. China criticized Washington last week for flying a spy plane over areas near the reefs. Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani urged those involved to behave in a "responsible manner", calling for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea to be developed as soon as possible. Japan and the U.S. have no claims in the South China Sea but are seeking to counter balance China's overwhelming influence in the region.

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US, Japan say China's actions eroding regional stability

12:05pm BST - 01:38