China ‘constructive’

China ‘constructive’ on South China Sea rows, says US
Hoa kỳ nói Trung Quốc tỏ ra có ‘tinh thần xây dựng’ trong vấn đề tranh chấp biển Đông

US President Barack Obama (R) meets with China's Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, 19 November 2011

The meeting was the final engagement of Mr Obama’s trip to Asia

US officials (các quan chức Hoa kỳ) have praised (ca ngợi) China’s attitude on South China Sea territorial disputes (tranh chấp lãnh thổ)  after talks  (sau khi có cuộc nói chuyện) between Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and President Barack Obama.

The two men met on the sidelines (gặp gỡ bên lề) of an East Asia  summit in Indonesia.

A senior US official (một quan chức cao cấp)  described China’s response (phản ứng của Trung Quốc  as “constructive” (mang tính xây dựng).

The meeting came after spats (lời qua tiếng lại) between Beijing and Washington over trade, currency and territorial rights in the South China Sea.

The sea holds potentially vast reserves  (vùng trữ lượng lớn) of oil and gas, and is an important shipping route (đường hàng hải, đường tàu bè).

China lays claim  (đòi chủ quyền) to the whole of the sea, while other South East Asian nations claim parts of it.

The talks took place as the last engagement (gặp gỡ, thảo luận) of Mr Obama’s nine-day visit to Asia.

He has been focused on boosting US influence in the region at a time when China wields (thể hiện, phô trương) growing power.


‘Not taking sides’

US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said the “informal meeting” between Mr Obama and Mr Wen focused mainly on economic issues.

He said the two leaders discussed “specific issues around business practices” as well as Chinese currency controls.

Mr Donilon said the United States did not have a view (không đưa ra quan điểm) on sovereignty on the South China Sea, but wanted to see shipping lanes (các tuyến đường hàng hải) remain open.

“We don’t have a claim, we don’t take sides in the claims, but we do as a global maritime power have an interest in seeing these principles applied broadly,” he said.

On Friday, in comments which appeared directed at (có vẻ như nhắm vào)  the US, Mr Wen warned “external forces” not to get involved in the maritime dispute.

The Philippines had asked the US to step in to (tham gia) help solve the row, but Asean secretary general Surin Pitsuwan said that Asean and China could resolve the issue peacefully by themselves.

On Thursday, Mr Obama pledged increased US engagement with the region and a strong military presence, (sự hiện diện quân sự vững chắc) including the deployment of US Marines to Australia.

Mr Donilon said the United States had been “quite direct with the Chinese about our strategy”, making clear that Washington was determined to play an active presence in the region to help ensure its stability and peace.

Official Chinese media was sceptical on Saturday, saying the US risked losing friends among Asian Pacific nations.

“If the United States sticks to its Cold War mentality (cách suy nghĩ, não trạng) and continues to engage (đối ứng, đối xử)) with Asian nations in a self-assertive way, it is doomed to incur (gánh chịu, gặp phải) repulsion in the region,” the news agency said.

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    |  g . l . o . s . s  |

    • final engagement: cuộc gặp gỡ sau cùng
    • Wen: Ôn Gia Bảo //Wen Jiabao
    • US officials: các quan chức Hoa kỳ
    • praise: ca ngợi
    •  territorial disputes: tranh chấp lãnh thổ
    • after talks: sau cuộc nói chuyện
    • met on the sidelines: gặp gỡ bên lề
    •  senior official: quan chức cao cấp
    •  China’s response: phản ứng của Trung Quốc
    • shipping route: đường hàng hải, tàu bè
    • lays claim: đòi chủ quyền
    • engagement: gặp gỡ, thảo luận
    • wields: thể hiện, phô trương
    • Not taking sides: không thiên vị, không bè cánh
    • do not have a view: không đưa ra quan điểm
    • shipping lanes: các tuyến đường hàng hải
    • directed at: nhắm vào
    • step in to: tham gia
    • strong military presence: hiện diện quân sự mạnh mẽ
    • mentality: cách suy nghĩ, não trạng
    • engage: đối ứng, đối xử
    • incur: gánh chịu, gặp phải
    • repulsion: sự xa lánh, không hoan nghênh
    • constructive: mang tính xây dựng
    • spats: lời qua tiếng lại 
    • vast reserves: vùng trữ lượng lớn

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