China to US: Stay out of South China Sea talks

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WASHINGTON (AP) - China's ambassador said the U.S. shouldn't obstruct efforts by China and its neighbors to agree on a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai said the U.S. has no territorial claim in those waters and should let countries in the region manage their disputes in a "friendly and effective way."

Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea has drawn criticism from Washington.

President Donald Trump departs later this week on a five-nation trip to Asia that includes a state visit to China.

The ambassador said North Korea will be a priority in talks between the Chinese and U.S. presidents.

Cui warned that tensions over the North's nuclear program could get more dangerous without more efforts to reach a negotiated solution.

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