**Clinton to Push South China Sea Issue in Beijing Talks**
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Beijing, where she has promised to take a strong message to Chinese leaders on the issue of resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Clinton wants China to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a code of conduct for managing the disputes, in hopes of preventing continued flare-ups in the region. Beijing claims nearly the entire sea. It instead prefers to deal individually with rival claimants, which include Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
Before leaving Indonesia for China Tuesday, Clinton said Southeast Asian nations must present a unified front in dealing with the disputes . She made her comments following meetings in Jakarta with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan.
**Burma Releases 42 Child Soldiers**
The Burmese military has released 42 child soldiers from its ranks, as part of efforts to end the recruitment of underage fighters in Burma.
The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper says army officials handed the children over to their parents and guardians at a ceremony in Rangoon on Monday.
The paper says Burmese officials have also vowed to rid the armed forces of all child soldiers within 18 months, in accordance with a United Nations agreement signed in June.