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U.S. Warns of South China Sea Clashes Without Code of Conduct

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that more clashes will occur in the South China Sea if nations vying for oil and gas in the waters fail to agree on ways to avoid confrontations.

“I fear that without rules of the road and without agreed approaches to dealing with these problems, that there will be clashes,” Gates said yesterday at the annual IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. “That serves nobody’s interest.”