#Xi tells #Obama-to Back Off South China Sea; At Nuclear Security Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington Thursday amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea — with disagreements over cybersecurity and human rights also looming.Xi warned Obama against encroaching on China’s sovereignty in the contested waters of the South China Sea, Reuters reported, citing China’s Xinhua News Agency. The Chinese leader said he would not accept any American actions under the “disguise of freedom of navigation.”American freedom of navigation patrols fall within international laws that allow a country’s ships to navigate international waters without interference from other nations. The U.S. has accused China of heightening tensions in the region by militarizing the area. Among these actions, Beijing deployed surface-to-air missiles to the disputed Paracels’ chain last month.

Source: Obama-Xi Meeting Update: South China Sea Tension Looms At Nuclear Security Summit