Obama calls for 'tangible steps' to lower South China Sea tensions

US President Barack Obama said an internationally backed ceasefire would be difficult to achieve, laying some of the blame at Putin's doorPresident Barack Obama on Tuesday called for “tangible steps” to reduce tensions in the South China Sea, after a two day summit with Southeast Asian leaders concerned at Beijing’s military build-up. China’s actions in the vital waterway featured heavily in talks at Sunnylands, a sprawling California desert retreat. In a joint statement, Obama and the 10 ASEAN leaders demanded the “peaceful resolution” of a myriad of competing territorial claims over islands, atolls and reefs.

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