Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (2nd L) and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (2nd R) attend an Australia-New Zealand business roundtable at the Star Event Center in Sydney on February 19, 2016. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARK METCALFE
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Australia and New Zealand strongly urged China Friday to refrain from stoking tensions in the South China Sea, after its apparent deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island.Tensions between China and its neighbors over sovereignty in the South China Sea were raised after Taiwan and U.S. officials said China deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island, in the Paracel Island chain.New Zealand, the first developed country to recognize China as a market economy and to sign a bilateral free trade deal, was leveraging its relationship with China to urge measures to lower tensions, Key said.China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes every year.
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