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Obama says China must stop land reclamation in South China Sea

US President Barack Obama speaks after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar at a Naval station in Manila, Philippines on 17 Nov 2015.

[MANILA] US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defence and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.

Mr Obama, speaking after a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila, said he looked forward to working with all claimants to the waterway to resolve their disputes.

On Tuesday, Mr Obama visited an American-donated coast guard cutter now owned by the Philippines, one of its closest allies in the region.