US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to China on Wednesday over its land reclamation in the South China Sea and the “militarisation” of its disputed waters. Kerry raised the issues during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of a regional diplomatic gathering in Malaysia that has been dominated by tensions over China’s moves to shore up its territorial claims.
“Secretary Kerry reiterated his concern about rising tensions over disputed claims in the South China Sea and China’s large-scale reclamation, construction, and militarisation of features there,” a senior State Department official told reporters, according to AFP.
“He encouraged China, along with the other claimants, to halt problematic actions in order to create space for diplomacy.”
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