Wary US looks to calm rising tensions in Asia

9:24 PM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) - Alarmed by a rise in nationalist sentiment around the Asia-Pacific, the Obama administration is looking for Russia to play a greater role in the region as it seeks to quell growing maritime tensions.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to meet on Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin at meeting of Pacific Rim leaders to gauge Moscow's intentions as it looks increasingly east after decades of European orientation. U.S. officials say they would welcome more sustained Russian engagement in Asia.

Clinton has spent the last week in the Asia-Pacific urging peaceful resolutions to competing territorial claims between China and its smaller neighbors in the South China Sea.

In Vladivostok, she will see the leaders of U.S. allies Japan and South Korea which are embroiled in their own dispute.

The Associated Press

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