November 10, 2015 / 8:44 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. expects South China Sea issue to come up at APEC summit: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The South China Sea issue is likely to come up on the sidelines of the APEC summit if it is not on the formal agenda, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday.

Subi reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, is shown in this handout Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative satellite image taken August 8, 2012, and released to Reuters October 27, 2015. REUTERS/CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout via Reuters

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Manila. China has said it is not aware of any plan to discuss the issue at the leaders’ summit, a Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday.

Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech

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