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US pledges South China Sea neutrality

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The United States will remain impartial in South China Sea conflicts and wants territorial disputes to be solved peacefully, Samuel J Locklear III, commander of the US Pacific Command, was quoted as saying during his visit to Thailand. 

The four-star admiral affirmed the US stance as he and US ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney yesterday paid a courtesy call to Thanongsak Apirakyothin, permanent secretary for defence.

The meeting was marked as an introduction of Adm Locklear to his Thai counterpart before the US admiral officially assumes his post, Defence Ministry spokesman Thanathip Sawangsaeng said.

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