U.S. says Beijing’s South China Sea ‘provocations’ risk major incident

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By Idrees Ali, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday accused China of increased “provocations” against rival claimants in the South China Sea and said its “aggressive and irresponsible behavior’ meant it was only a matter of time before a major incident or accident. Jung Pak, deputy assistant secretary for East Asia at the State Department, told a U.S. think tank there was “a clear and upward trend of PRC provocations against South China Sea claimants and other states lawfully operating in the region,” referring to the People’s Republic of Chi…

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