South China Sea Conflict: Diplomat Daniel Russel Says U.S. Is 'Not Neutral' In Spratly Island Debates

A top U.S. diplomat denied U.S. neutrality in the South China Sea, the Diplomat magazine reported July 22. Though the U.S. has attempted to maintain a safe distance from debates concerning China's disputed islands in the South China Sea, Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said the U.S. will take a strong stance if China is found to have acted illegally.

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