An illuminated globe shows the South China Sea at a museum in Pathumthani, Thailand. Seeking to calm escalating tensions in the South China Sea, top generals from China and the U.S. spoke by phone and said they were ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the region.
An illuminated globe shows the South China Sea at a museum in Pathumthani, Thailand. Seeking to calm escalating tensions in the South China Sea, top generals from China and the U.S. spoke by phone and said they were ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the region. Charles Dharapak The Associated Press
An illuminated globe shows the South China Sea at a museum in Pathumthani, Thailand. Seeking to calm escalating tensions in the South China Sea, top generals from China and the U.S. spoke by phone and said they were ready to work out an effective mechanism to prevent confrontation and maintain stability in the region. Charles Dharapak The Associated Press

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