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Obama: Land Reclamation Projects In South China Sea Are 'Counterproductive'

06/01/2015 03:41 pm ET | Updated Jun 01, 2016

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are unproductive and called for an end to aggressive action in the region.

"We think that land reclamation, aggressive actions by any party in that area are counterproductive," Obama said in a town-hall discussion at the White House with a group of young leaders from southeast Asian nations.

"China is going to be successful. It's big, it's powerful, its people are talented and they work hard. And it may be some of their claims are legitimate," Obama said.

"But they shouldn't just try to establish that based on throwing elbows and pushing people out of the way," he said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

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